Knudsen: I Want to Talk About a New Contract But First Move Must Come From Owner
Thursday, 13th Sep 2018 15:14
Town defender Jonas Knudsen has reaffirmed his desire to remain with the club but insists the first move about a new contract must come from owner Marcus Evans.
Knudsen, who celebrates his 26th birthday on Sunday, is in the final year of his current deal after the club triggered their one-year option on his services – and he is adamant he does not want to leave, either in the January transfer window or next summer when he will be free to move on.
The Dane said: “Of course I would like to hear something from the club. I haven’t heard anything from the owner and it is down to him. I want to talk but the first move has to come from him and then we have to take it from there.
“I would like to have a look at a new contract, and also sign a new contract, because I have been happy here for over three years now.
“But I also have to look after myself because I’m in the last year of my Ipswich contract and I need to know what is going to happen. I would like to speak with him and see what’s going on.”
Asked if he saw himself as part of new boss Paul Hurst’s plans going forward, Knudsen replied: “Yes, of course. I still have a year, I’m a Town player and I really enjoy playing for them. It’s a new start and new starts take a little bit of time because we all have to get used to each other.
“I’m excited about it and the players he has brought in, but the most important thing right now is to get some more points on the board.
“Of course we want to play some very good football – and I think we have been – but we have to be clinical.
“That’s what the game is all about, being clinical in both boxes. You want to score goals at one end and not give away silly goals at the other.
“I see myself as a part of it. It’s still new and we have to get used to it, but I’m enjoying it and I’ve enjoyed it the whole time I’ve been here.”
How different is life at the club since Paul Hurst took charge? Knudsen added: “It’s a little bit different under the new manager. He still wants to be solid but he wants us to play a little bit more, maybe, than we did under the old gaffer.
“That’s maybe a good thing because that’s what some people were asking for and that’s what we have tried to do this season.
“I know we have not got as many points as we would have wanted but we have to admit we have conceded some stupid goals.
“We have to cut them out of our game and make sure we have a clean sheet on Saturday at Hull because that makes it a lot easier to win a game.
“I like to play football but I’m open to anything, whether it’s Mick McCarthy’s style of football or Paul Hurst’s style of football.
“It’s not as if I have to play only one style of football because as a player you play as your manager asks you to play.
“I will be happy to play a little bit more football but this is still a new group of players and we have still to get to know each other a bit more.
“We are still in the first part of the process but there are some exciting things about it.”
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