Michael Chopra and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas confirm they are transfer-listed
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IPSWICH Town duo Michael Chopra and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas have both confirmed today’s exclusive story – that the pair have been made available for transfer – on social networking website Twitter.
Shortly after this paper revealed that manager Mick McCarthy had told the two high-earning fringe players that he would like to cash in on them this summer, both took to the internet to write a few words - and with contrasting tones.
Chopra, whose two seasons at Portman Road have been blighted by a series of off-field controversies, wrote: “Just coz I’m on the transfer list does not mean I hav 2 leave I hav 1 year left on my contract its down 2 the player if he wants 2 go or not.”
The 29-year-old striker - who scored just five goals in 17 starts and 19 substitute appearances this season - is understood to be the club’s top earner on 18,000-per-week.
When a fan goaded him for being left out of the squad for last Saturday’s season-finale at Burnley, he replied: “Haha still get paid.”
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Emmanuel-Thomas - whose flair approach to the game just doesn’t seem to fit in with McCarthy’s organised and hard-working ethos - was far more gracious.
The 21-year-old, who made 13 starts and 19 sub appearances this season, wrote: “Time for a new adventure, had a great time but my time is up. #ThankYou.”
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The former Arsenal man - who Town paid £1.1m for in the summer of 2011 - is also entering the final year of his deal. The Blues paid Cardiff £1m for Chopra that same summer.
On a web poll run by this newspaper’s website, a resounding 94% of people said that McCarthy was right to try and sell Chopra, while only 56% said that they think Emmanuel-Thomas should be sold.
The EADT understands that McCarthy is closing in on the signings of midfielder Cole Skuse – out-of-contract at Bristol City – and Notts County winger Alan Judge, who has already confirmed he is looking to move up from League One.