Aaron Cresswell says Ipswich Town is the right place for him to develop
Ipswich Town left-back Aaron Cresswell insists he is at the right club to progress as a player following a summer of intense transfer speculation.
The 23-year-old has been a huge hit since previous boss Paul Jewell brought him to Portman Road from League One side Tranmere Rovers in 2011.
Having been signed for a tribunal set fee of £240,000 – with the potential to rise to £520,000 – his value has rocketed following two-and-a-bit impressive seasons in the Championship. He’s missed just four games out of a potential 106 during that time, providing six goals and 13 assists in all competitions.
Aston Villa made an enquiry about the Liverpudlian last year, while a host of top-flight clubs – including the likes of Everton, Southampton, Fulham and Crystal Palace – were all linked with making a multi-million pound move for his services this summer.
Blues boss Mick McCarthy recently hailed Cresswell as ‘the best left-back in the Championship’ before admitting that every player has their price.
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Jonathan Walters is the only player that Town have signed and then sold for profit during the best part of six years Marcus Evans has been owner, with a lack of parachute payments and impending Financial Fair Play rules having severely restricted the budget in the last transfer window.
There may come a time that Ipswich have to sell one their best players in order to strengthen the team elsewhere, but – with the January transfer window little more than three months away – Cresswell says he happy to stay in Suffolk.
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“It’s nice to hear that people might be interested, but I just get my head down and play my football,” he said. “I my agent and others deal with and talk about that, but I honestly didn’t hear a thing at all.
“There’s not a player out there that wouldn’t want to play in the Premier League – that’s the same for me and every player at Ipswich. I love it down here though and I just have to keep working hard.
“Everyone, even the best in the world, Messi and Ronaldo, will always be looking to make improvements. Working under the gaffer and TC (Terry Connor), I think I’m at the right place to progress as a player.
“I’m 23 years old, I’m still young and I’ve hopefully got at least more 10 years in the game.
“Getting promotion with Ipswich would be the perfect ambition for em to achieve. That would be killing two birds with one stone, getting promotion with Ipswich. And who is to say we can’t achieve it next season or even this one?”