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‘He’s the master of his own destiny’ - Chambers and McCarthy on Bialkowski contract situation

PUBLISHED: 16:06 12 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:34 12 March 2018

Bartosz Bialkowski has agreed, but not signed, his new Ipswich contract.    Picture: STEVE WALLER

Bartosz Bialkowski has agreed, but not signed, his new Ipswich contract. Picture: STEVE WALLER

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Mick McCarthy has admitted there is little he can do to bring Bartosz Bialkowski’s contract talks to a resolution, while Luke Chambers is surprised the goalkeeper’s previously agreed deal has not been signed.

Bartosz Bialkowski has been called up by Poland.    Picture: Steve Waller    www.stephenwaller.comBartosz Bialkowski has been called up by Poland. Picture: Steve Waller

Manager McCarthy revealed in January that his goalkeeper, who was the subject of interest from Crystal Palace in January, had agreed a new two-year deal which would have kept him at Portman Road until 2020.

That deal remains unsigned, although Poland call-up has regularly insisted he wants to stay and that a few minor issues needed to be ironed out before he put pen to paper.

Speaking this lunchtime, Chambers admitted his surprise that the deal has not been tied up as he congratulated his team-mate on his international inclusion.

MORE: ‘It’s all for him’ - Bialkowski delivers on promise to late father as he dedicates Poland call to his ‘hero’

“He still hasn’t signed that contract though! We’ll have to wait and see what happens there,” the Blues skipper said when asked about the Poland call-up.

“Bart doesn’t say much. I’m just delighted that he’s got that recognition that he thoroughly deserves. All the boys are giving him a bit of a ribbing about it.

“He’s a God down here, he’s an absolute hero to everyone and he’s earnt that mantle. We’re delighted for him.

“Of course (we want him to sign that contract. I’m here next season. Why would you not get that done?”

Blues boss McCarthy, though, admits he is powerless to speed up the process.

“There is not a lot I can do about that,” McCarthy said.

“He knows my feelings, that I want him to stay, and he’s the master of his own destiny.

“He’s here for another year whatever happens because he has an option for another season. Getting in the international squad will help him and maybe not the club’s negotiations, I don’t know.”

Speaking in February, Bialkowski said: “There are still a couple of things to sort and hopefully we’re going to sort those soon.

MORE: ‘I’m sick of talking about me and the fans’ – Read full transcript of McCarthy’s tense press conference

“I’ve still got the (12 month extension) option for next year anyway, but – as I say – there are still a couple of things to be sorted.

“As I’ve said so many times before, I love this place, I love the club and I’m really happy here.

“There are still a couple of things that need to be sorted, but two parties want to sign that contract.”

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert is leaving no stone unturned in his search for January reinforcements.

Ipswich Town are committed to signing loan player Janoi Donacien on a permanent deal once his immigration status is rubber stamped.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features Darren Currie scoring on his debut in a win at QPR and the Blues win over Leicester City.....

Former Ipswich Town manager Paul Jewell has been appointed director of football at League Two club Swindon Town.

Mark Heath, Stuart Watson and Andy Warren are back with the latest episode of the Kings of Anglia Podcast.

Ipswich Hospital patients were treated to a visit from the stars of Ipswich Town as they made their annual trip to give out presents on the wards.

Ipswich Town’s Under 23s drew 3-3 with QPR at Playford Road this afternoon. Andy Warren cast an eye over the Young Blues.

Trevoh Chalobah is confident he can help fill the void left following Cole Skuse’s knee injury.

Ipswich Town will field a strong Under 23 side when they take on QPR at Playford Road this afternoon (1pm).

It’s been another week with more losses – but the double whammy on this occasion is that these have been suffered both on the pitch at Stoke and off the field of play, in the reporting of our latest set of accounts. In all honesty, there’s no surprise in either.

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