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Ipswich Town boss Kieran McKenna not looking to move anyone out but admits Toto Nsiala could be about to leave Portman Road with Fleetwood Town reported to be locked in discussions



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Kieran McKenna may have inherited one of the biggest squads in Sky Bet League One when taking the job at Ipswich Town but he is under no pressure to reduce it and neither is he looking to.

He confirmed both the above at this afternoon's press-match press conference ahead of tomorrow's trip up to Bolton Wanderers for Saturday's fixture (3pm).

But the recently appointed manager did admit players not currently getting game time, going on to reference defender Toto Nsiala in that bracket, could engineer moves away, which he would be open to looking at. The latter has been strongly rumoured to have been the subject of ongoing interest about a permanent move with divisional rivals Fleetwood Town.

Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna, pictured post-match after Saturday's impressive victory at Gillingham, is happy to keep working with a large squad Picture: Andy Jones
Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna, pictured post-match after Saturday's impressive victory at Gillingham, is happy to keep working with a large squad Picture: Andy Jones

Asked if it was a case of players having to move on before he was able to bring anyone in during the current January transfer window, the former Manchester United coach replied: "It's not that anybody has to go, the club have been clear with me about that.

"There is no requirement to get anybody out. The club are happy to sustain a big squad until the end of the season and make sure we have plenty of cover – we don't need to lose anybody.

"Even from my point of view there has not been anyone who has been a problem. I've said all along the spirit has been really good over the last couple of weeks, nobody has been an issue so I'm not looking to force anybody out.

Toto Nsiala has been looking at his options to get regular game time, Kieran McKenna has admitted off the back of transfer stories in the last 24 hours Picture: Barry Goodwin
Toto Nsiala has been looking at his options to get regular game time, Kieran McKenna has admitted off the back of transfer stories in the last 24 hours Picture: Barry Goodwin

"So long as everyone respects the group, works for the group and trains well they're all part of the club as far as I see it.

"Of course, there might come a point where players have their own perspectives, if they feel like it is going to be tough for them to get the opportunities that they want and they feel like it is going to be better for their own careers to look to get games elsewhere.

"Whether that is in a short-term way or the longer term, that is something we will have the conversation with them and we will be open. If it's the right thing I think for the player and the club then it's a possibility that might happen in a few cases.

"It has not been driven by the club or driven by me at the moment. I am not desperate for people to go, I am happy working with a big squad and I'm enjoying the challenge of keeping them all motivated and all happy getting what they need in training."

He added: "I think more so from the players' perspective there are players here who are hungry to play and it may be more realistic for some of them that they might need to or want to pursue one or two new avenues. And that is a conversation we will have with the players on an individual basis."

Asked directly about the transfer speculation around 29-year-old Nsiala, who joined Town from Shrewsbury Town in 2018 and is due to be out of contract at Portman Road at the end of the campaign, he said: "I haven't seen much online with it, I don't look at that too much, thankfully, as I think that's the best way as a manager.

"Yes, Toto is probably one in that bracket of a really experienced player who has worked hard here for a couple of years.

"He has been a good lad since I came in getting his head down and training but he is one whose coming towards the end of his contract and is going to want to play football and needs to.

"He is one who I think has been looking at his options and we've had conversations with. Obviously there is nothing definite or been announced or I haven't been told of anything being formalised yet.

"Let's see what happens and at the moment he is an Ipswich Town player and we'll see what happens in the future."