UPDATED: Marcus Evans and Simon Clegg have shown ‘no ambition’ to sign me, says Keith Andrews
Nine-goal midfielder Keith Andrews says Ipswich Town have shown ‘no ambition’ to keep him beyond the end of his loan spell.
The Republic of Ireland international has just three games left – Leicester (a), Reading (a) and Nottingham Forest (h) – before his half-season loan switch from Blackburn Rovers expires.
Blues boss Paul Jewell has constantly insisted that the club will do everything they can to sign the 31-year-old on a permanent basis come the January transfer window, but Andrews – an influential stand-in skipper over recent weeks – says those words have not been backed up with actions.
“My agent (Will Salthouse) did have a meeting with the owner (Marcus Evans) and Mr Clegg (chief executive Simon Clegg) on Monday where not a hell of a lot was discussed to be perfectly honest.
“We left the meeting with no offer and the feeling that there was no ambition to sign me.”
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Asked whether he’d spoken to manager Paul Jewell about his future, Andrews added: “No, I’ve not spoken to Paul about it at all. Nobody has spoken to me on a personal note at all.
“I don’t know if I would say I’m disappointed. All I can say is that I think everybody can see I’ve given absolutely everything to the cause, every day I come in and train properly, I’m a good pro around the place and I think I’ve given some good performances.”
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A host of Premier League clubs – including Norwich, Swansea, Wigan, Bolton and Aston Villa – have all been linked with Andrews in recent weeks following his continued goalscoring form.
Asked where he thought he would end up, Andrews said: “I have no idea. That’s not me just saying that to the media either, I genuinely have no idea.
“I don’t want to play again for Blackburn, if I’m being completely honest. I feel like my time there is done. I didn’t like the way I was treated in the summer, it wasn’t just the manager (Steve Kean) it was the club in general.
“I’m in a position where I’ve got 18 months left on my contract, nothing has to be done in January, it would just be my preference. I want to be out playing at a club that wants me there.”
He added: “I said before that going to a Premier League club wasn’t everything and I stand by that. As long as it’s a team that’s forward-thinking and ambitious then I would be interested.
“It’s a big six months for me, I want to be playing regularly and want to be as fit and confident as I can be going into what will be one of the highlights of my career (Euro 2012).”
– Ipswich manager Paul Jewell is due to speak to the press at lunchtime today. For his reaction to Andrews’ comments, keep an eye on www.greenun24.co.uk.