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Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna believes they did everything they could to re-sign Bersant Celina

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Kieran McKenna believes Ipswich Town did everything they could to bring Bersant Celina back to Portman Road.

The Kosovan midfielder spent last season on loan with Town, scoring six goals in 35 appearances during his second spell in Suffolk.

Ipswich were keen on re-signing him for a third time, but Celina opted to joined Turkish side Kasimpa┼ča on Tuesday.

Kieran McKenna alongside Bersant Celina. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Kieran McKenna alongside Bersant Celina. Picture: Barry Goodwin

When asked whether the club had considered a deal for the 25-year-old, the Town boss said: "Bersant was a player who I really enjoyed working with - everyone enjoyed having him here, supporters and staff alike.

"It was something that we explored in the summer; I think the club did everything they possibly could. We had a lot of conversations with his club and with the player and it was something that was of big interest to ourselves and the player as well, but in the end it wasn't possible.

"That's football. That's the way it goes - you are not always in control of these things. It is a good move hopefully for Bersant and we wish him all the best."

Attacking midfield is a position where the Blues boast plenty of options already, despite not adding Celina to their ranks.

McKenna opted to start with Connor Chaplin and Marcus Harness in the 1-1 draw with Bolton last Saturday, with Sone Aluko and Tyreece John-Jules coming off the bench.

However, manager McKenna did not rule out making further additions in that department ahead of the trip to Forest Green this weekend.

"We are keeping everything open," he added.

"The players we have are versatile. The like of a John-Jules has played three or four different positions, Marcus Harness has played three or four different positions and Connor Chaplin and Sone Aluko play different positions across the front line.

"We want to keep adding certain attributes and certain qualities to the team, so I don't think it is impossible we see further additions in that department."