Chelsea, Arsenal target Tyrone Mings keen on Ipswich stay

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Ipswich Town defender Tyrone Mings was subject to transfer interest from Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Arsenal during the summer.

The 21-year-old has stepped into the void left at Portman Road following Aaron Cresswell’s departure to West Ham this summer, and his impressive performances have peaked the interest from a host of top flight clubs.

A number of impressive performances into the Championship season, and Mings is being touted as one of the most promising youngsters outside of the Premier League, having started 10 of 11 games, and helping his club into the play-off places in the second division.

Chelsea and Arsenal were said to be tracking the youngster in recent weeks, whilst Crystal Palace had a bid rejected by the Tractor Boys during the transfer window.

Palace are reportedly still looking for a left-back, and it is likely that they will return for Mings in January, but he told London24 that he is content to stay in the Championship for the time being, with his first-team spot guaranteed at Ipswich.

He said: “It didn’t faze me. I spoke to the manager [Mick] McCarthy over the weekend and he said, ‘I don’t know if they put a bid in or what it is, but whatever it is, I am not letting you go.

“That was it really although it gave me confidence going into the next few games, that people were prepared to pay money for me and take that gamble I guess, on a player that had not played in the Premier League so early in his career.

“There’s pros and cons, going there. Would I have got in the team straight away? I doubt it. Would I have got the development that I will probably get at Ipswich? Probably not.

“As nice as it would have been to go into the Premiership, Mick McCarthy and Terry Connor here have definitely got my best interests at heart, and I can’t think of two better people to help me with my development. I think I get that here better than anywhere else.”

Whilst his desire to play first-team football kept him at Ipswich, instead of moving to Crystal Palace, it remains to be seen whether the interest from Chelsea or Arsenal will result in a move to the top flight in the coming months.

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