‘My head hasn’t been turned... to get to the Premier League with Ipswich would be unbelievable’ - Woolfenden on speculation
PUBLISHED: 13:05 24 January 2020 | UPDATED: 14:18 24 January 2020
Defender Luke Woolfenden is not thinking about a move away from Portman Road and fully intends on being part of Ipswich Town’s promotion charge between now and the end of the season.
In what has been his first full season as a senior player at his boyhood club, Woolfenden has been a leading performer and has caught the attention of clubs higher up the football pyramid, most-notably Sheffield United.
Ipswich manager Paul Lambert has put a value of more than £10million on the 21-year-old's head and, while insisting he doesn't want to lose a key player, admitted money may ultimately talk should a serious offer arrive.
But Woolfenden is blocking out the noise and remains fully focussed on his football, rather than letting his mind wander in regard to a potential big-money move.
"It's nice to be linked with big clubs but I'm focussed on taking Ipswich back to where we should be," he said.
"I don't really get involved in all of that (transfer talk). Everybody knows what I'm like. There's been no bids so there's nothing to worry about.
"If you let your head get turned you might go out and have a shocker of a game so I'm not going to let that kind of thing get to me.
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"I wouldn't say my head's been turned at all and I think I'll be here for the rest of the season because it's not in my head to leave.
"Everyone's dream and goal is to play as high as they possibly can and for me I obviously want to play in the Premier League, but that doesn't mean I want to leave right now.
"Ipswich is a massive club so if I could get to the Premier League with Ipswich it would be unbelievable.
"Ipswich Town shouldn't be in League One so to get them promoted, as an Ipswich lad, would be massive."
Woolfenden's long-time friend and academy team-mate Flynn Downes has also been linked with a move to the Premier League, with West Ham, with the defender admitting the pair share plenty of jokes about the speculation regarding their futures.
"It is obviously a bit of a laugh sometimes," Woolfenden said.
"I joke with Flynn and say 'when are you going to p*** off to West Ham' and things like that but it's just banter.
"We don't look too deeply into that and we just focus on the football."