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Champions League quarter-finalists among clubs showing Dobra interest prior to new deal

PUBLISHED: 16:22 20 May 2020 | UPDATED: 16:22 20 May 2020

Armando Dobra has extended his contract at Ipswich Town. Picture: ROSS HALLS/ITFC

Armando Dobra has extended his contract at Ipswich Town. Picture: ROSS HALLS/ITFC

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A string of clubs were showing an interest in Ipswich Town youngster Armando Dobra before he signed his new contract with the club, we understand.

Armando Dobra has signed a new contract at Ipswich Town. Picture: ITFCArmando Dobra has signed a new contract at Ipswich Town. Picture: ITFC

The young Albanian international has now signed a new three-year contract, keeping him at the club until at least 2023, with the Blues holding an option to extend that deal by a further 12 months.

They rejected two offers from Brighton in January, with bidding reaching close to the £500,000 mark, with the Seagulls retaining an interest in Dobra throughout negotiations regarding his new Ipswich contract.

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Other clubs have also kept an eye on Dobra, including Leeds United, while Premier League side Southampton were also said to be interested in the talented teenager.

Armando Dobra gets a hug from his manager at Luton Picture Pagepix LtdArmando Dobra gets a hug from his manager at Luton Picture Pagepix Ltd

Also interested were Italian Serie A side Atalanta who, prior to football’s suspension, had booked their place in the last eight of the Champions League following an impressive victory over Valencia.

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However, Dobra was always keen to extend his stay at Ipswich due to the pathway offered to the first-team, with his future now secured for the next three seasons at least.

Having previously won Under 19 caps with Albania and receiving a first Under 21 call-up prior to the outbreak of coronavirus, Dobra is on the radar of senior international boss Edoardo Reja, who was believed to be considering him for a place in the full squad.


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