REACTION: Tyrone Mings showing just why Ipswich Town rejected big money bid, says Mick McCarthy after 2-0 home win over Brighton

Tyrone Mings in action. Picture: Steve Waller

Tyrone Mings in action. Picture: Steve Waller - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich v Brighton: That’s why we turned down so much money for him.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy heaped praise on young left-back Tyrone Mings after he played a starring role for the second time in four days last night.

The 21-year-old once again produced a rampaging full-back display, having a hand in both late goals as the Blues beat Brighton 2-0 at Portman Road to move up to ninth in the Championship table.

Mings has reacted superbly to the club’s decision to reject a surprise big money bid from Premier League club Crystal Palace on transfer deadline.

It’s now understood that the bidding got as high as £3m – a lot of money for someone who was recruited from low level non-league club Chippenham Town for just £10,000 a year and a half ago and who still only has a handful of Championship starts under his belt.

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“He’s showing why I want him in my team and in my club,” said McCarthy. “I want him playing for me. He was never going anywhere else. My instant reaction was ‘not for sale’. No amount of shekells, dollars, Euros or pounds was going to make any difference. I picked him up from a relatively obscure place and I want him to help us become a good team.

“Eighteen months ago we paid diddly for him to Chippenham, I think it was ten grand and a friendly match.

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“He’s playing here and for the last two games he’s played in a winning team. He might have gone to the Premier League and not have played. He might have gone to the Premier League and got ripped asunder. He’s going to develop here.”

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