Tyrone Mings has been making quite a name for himself in the Championship with Ipswich Town, so much so that Chelsea, Arsenal and Crystal Palace were all linked with an interest in him, but the eventual bid from the latter of the trio was knocked back - Mings wasn't owing nay sleep over it.
Since getting into the first team with the Tractor Boys, following the sale of Aaron Cresswell to West Ham in the summer, Mings has been very impressive at left-back and the performances, according to reports, caught the attention of the likes of Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho.
It has been quite a rise to prominence for the 21-year-old, who was playing for non-league Chippenham Town only two years ago, and the departure of Cresswell, who has also been impressive since he stepped up to the Premier League, has given him a chance to prove his worth.
According to Green 'Un 24, Mings was eventually the subject of an offer out of Crystal Palace but Ipswich decided to turn down the offer and hang on to him, something that Mings insisted did not bother him at all and gave whim a confidence booster.
“It didn’t faze me, I spoke to the manager (Mick McCarthy) over the weekend and he said, ‘I don’t know if they put a bid in, or what it is, but whatever it is, I am not letting you go’,” he revealed.
“That was it really although it gave me confidence going into the next few games, that people were prepared to pay money for me and take that gamble I guess, on a player that had not played in the Premier League, so early in his career."
Hard work paying off
The report claims that Mings' improvement has been vast since his £10,000 move from Chippenham, with him doings things like going to the Michael Johnson Sprint School during the summer to help boost his speed.
Despite being content with Ipswich Town turning down Crystal Palace, he may have viewed things differently had it been one of Arsenal or Chelsea making the offer, while the Green 'Un suggests that the opening of the January transfer window could see renewed interest from the Premier League.
Gunners are stocked
Arsene Wenger is famous for signing promising young stars and his purchase of Carl Jenkinson from Chartlon Athletic in 2011 shows he is ready to give young unheralded full-backs a chance.
However, left-back is not exactly an area that needs too much reinforcement, as Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal are both good experienced options, so Mings would find playing time hard to come by at Emirates Stadium.
No go for the Blues
A move to Chelsea would likely see a similar situation, as Jose Mourinh has several options at his disposal for the fullback positions at Stamford Bridge.
Branislav Ivanovic, Cesar Azpilicueta and Filipe Luis can all play on either side of the defence, which has looked extremely solid do far this season, and Mings would be resigned to spending most of his time on the bench.
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