No repeat of West Ham transfer for Arsenal linked Ipswich Town duo Mings and Bishop, says Mick McCarthy

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Mick McCarthy says Tyrone Mings and Teddy Bishop will be staying at Ipswich Town.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has warned interested clubs he has no intention of selling the club's best players.

Speaking to the club's official website after their play-off semi-final defeat to rivals Norwich City, McCarthy said he had spoken to in demand duo Tyrone Mings and Teddy Bishop.

The Mail claimed Arsenal and Newcastle were both interested in full-back Mings earlier this year, while The Sun also claimed the Gunners wanted to spend up to £10 million on attacking midfielder Bishop.

A similar fee was suggested for Mings and receiving fees for the duo would be substantial for Championship side Ipswich, but McCarthy says the pair are priceless in his eyes.

Just a year ago the Tractor Boys cashed in on Aaron Cresswell to West Ham for a fraction of that figure, listed by The BBC as just in excess of £2 million. McCarthy however says the Mings and Bishop situations are entirely different.

He said: "I’ve pointed out to them that Cressy [Aaron Cresswell] played 140 or so games here and another 100 or so at Tranmere before he moved to West Ham.

“He was ready to make that move. He had done his time and he has gone there and won every player of the year award going. He would not have done that if he had played 40 games here.

“So I’ve said to Bish and Ty, ‘you are staying here’. I want to progress. I don’t want to sell however much money is offered."

McCarthy's comments will reassure Ipswich fans to some degree at a time they need to hear his comments after a painful loss to their rivals.

Now he just needs to ensure the club back him at his word and the players respect his wishes for them to stay, knowing eventually if they cannot reach the Premier League with Ipswich then they will get their moves when the time is right if their performances continue to attract interest. 

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