Daniel Farke breaks silence on Charlie Cresswell as Ipswich Town declare interest …

Leeds United manager Daniel Farke has addressed the speculation surrounding defender Charlie Cresswell, stating that any potential transfer moves will ultimately depend on the player’s decision. Cresswell was notably absent from the matchday squad in Leeds’ 3-0 victory over Birmingham City, fueling rumors of a potential departure from the club.

Farke clarified that Cresswell’s omission from the team was a tactical decision rather than due to injury or absence. He explained that he opted to have a creative player like Ian Poveda on the bench to address the team’s attacking shortcomings in recent games. Farke emphasized the availability of defensive options such as Gruev or Ampadu in case of any issues in the center-back position.

Regarding Cresswell’s future at Elland Road, Farke expressed that the decision rests with the player himself, but Leeds is keen on retaining him. Farke acknowledged Cresswell’s pride and desire to play, highlighting the competition for places in the squad. The manager stated that if Cresswell is willing to take on the challenge and progress in his career, Leeds is supportive, as evidenced by the new contract given to him. Farke affirmed that there is no intention from Leeds to let Cresswell leave.

Several clubs, including Middlesbrough and Blackburn, have shown interest in signing Cresswell, with Ipswich Town being particularly notable among them. Ipswich currently occupies a position above Leeds in the Championship, sitting in the second automatic promotion spot. Farke emphasized the importance of not strengthening a direct rival’s squad, especially when competing for automatic promotion.

Considering the competition for promotion and the need to secure a spot in the top two, Farke hinted at the strategic aspect of potential transfers. If Leeds decides to sell Cresswell, it would be wise to consider offloading him to a team lower down the league table rather than strengthening a direct promotion rival like Ipswich.

Cresswell has seen limited playing time this season, featuring in only four Championship games, with one start under Farke. The emergence of Pascal Struijk and the impressive performances of loan signing Joe Rodon have contributed to Cresswell’s reduced opportunities. Looking ahead, the summer could pose challenges for Leeds, with the potential departure of key defenders Liam Cooper and Joe Rodon. A loan move for Cresswell in January, followed by a return in the summer, could be a viable option for the young defender amid uncertainties in the defensive lineup.

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