‘My agent is still talking to the owner’ – Bialkowski on his unsigned contract
PUBLISHED: 16:47 27 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:47 27 April 2018
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Ipswich Town keeper Bartosz Bialkowski says talks regarding a new contract remain ongoing.
The 30-year-old was recently named Supporters’ Player of the Year for a third time in a row, has regularly been hailed as the best keeper in the Championship and is set to go to this summer’s World Cup in Poland.
Ex-Town boss Mick McCarthy announced at the end of January that a new contract until 2020 had been agreed with Bialkowski following much speculation that he was wanted by Premier League club Crystal Palace.
That deal is still yet to be signed, with the alternative being that Town take up the 12-month extension option in his current contract.
“My agent is still talking to the owner so we need to wait and see,” Bialkowski told The Sun. “It was announced (back in January) because I said I wanted to stay.
“There were still a few things to sort out and I thought it would just be a matter of time, and hopefully it will be and we are going to come to an agreement. But obviously there was not really a need for it to be announced.
“If my agent comes to an agreement with the owner he is going to give me a call and then we can sort it out. I am very happy here, my family is happy, and that is the main thing. But at the same time, I want to play at the highest level possible.
“I wasn’t annoyed at the announcement. At the time I thought it was just going to be a matter of time to extend it a little bit.”
Meanwhile, Bialkowski also revealed he was inadvertently tipped off that McCarthy and assistant Terry Connor would be leaving after the Barnsley game when the latter accidentally let it slip.
He said: “Before the game TC said to me, ‘Come on Bart, one more, last one’. Then he said, ‘No! Three more, three more!
“Obviously they had had already made the decision. I understand the fans’ frustrations and I respect and love them, but it wasn’t nice to hear the chants aimed at Mick.
“I had never experienced anything like the home game against Hull. After 10 minutes the atmosphere was toxic.”