Sep 28 2013 by Nick Hilton, Sat WIR
AARON CRESSWELL insists he is at the right club to progress as a player following a summer of intense transfer speculation about a potential move from Ipswich Town.
The 23-year-old has been a huge hit with the Tractor Boys since previous manager Paul Jewell brought him to Portman Road from Tranmere in 2011.
Liverpool-born Cresswell was signed for a tribunal set fee of £240,000, with the potential to rise to £520,000. Since then his value has rocketed following two impressive seasons in the Championship.
Tranmere stand to take a 20% cut on any profit Ipswich make on his next move. And it could be a big one.
A host of top-flight clubs, including Everton, Southampton, Fulham and Crystal Palace, were linked with making a multi-million pound move for his services this summer.
Cresswell said: “It’s nice to hear that people might be interested, but I just get my head down and play my football. My agent and others deal with and talk about that, but I honestly didn’t hear a thing at all.
“There’s not a player out there that wouldn’t want to play in the Premier League. It’s the same for me and every player at Ipswich. I love it down here though and I just have to keep working hard.
“Everyone, even the best in the world, Messi and Ronaldo, will always be looking to make improvements. Working under the gaffer and TC (Terry Connor), I think I’m at the right place to progress as a player.
“I’m 23 years old, I’m still young and I’ve hopefully got at least more 10 years in the game.
“Getting promotion with Ipswich would be the perfect ambition for me to achieve. That would be killing two birds with one stone, getting promotion with Ipswich. And who is to say we can’t achieve it next season or even this one?”
Current Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy recently hailed Cresswell as “the best left-back in the Championship.”