BURLEY: WRIGHT WAS WRONG TO LEAVE
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Scot is of the opinion that the England international keeper should have stayed at Portman Road and continue his development, rather than moving to North London in a £6 million deal by exercising a get-out clause in his contract.
Burley claims he did not want to sell the 23-year-old, not even for £10 million, but had no choice and claims that 'one player does not make a team'.
"Richard should have stayed with us for at least another season," stated Burley.
"He was going to be playing in the Uefa Cup with us, he was the automatic first choice and he was going to be in the England squad. Now it looks as if he will be number two to David Seaman at Arsenal.
"He has been in the first team since he was 17, and if he is not playing at Arsenal it will interfere with his development as a player and his England chances.
"I told him all that but he felt it was an offer he couldn't refuse. Only time will tell if he has been impetuous.
"'Hopefully he will get in the team at Arsenal and play 50 times for England. But I still feel it was a gamble for him. I'm disappointed he went to Arsenal but that's football. These players are grown men. They make their own decisions."
Burley revealed that he tried desperately to keep Wright, but it was the clause inserted in his contract two years ago that forced his hand.
"We had loads of talks two years ago and giving him that clause was the only way we could get his to sign a new contract," claimed Burley.
"Otherwise he walks out of the door for nothing on a Bosman free."
Burley justified the clause, adding: "I just felt it was so important he stayed with us for our first season back in The Premiership.
"I wouldn't have sold Richard through choice for £10 million, but the reality was he wanted to go somewhere like Arsenal at some stage.
"When any player leaves it is disappointing, but Ipswich Town comes first. One player does not make a team."
Burley expressed his frustration at Finidi George having to return to Mallorca to tie up loose ends before sealing his transfer to Portman Road.
The Nigerian has passed a medical and agreed terms, but Burley is still waiting, saying: "It is a bit frustrating but hopefully his work permit can be done in a week and there is still a possibility that the deal can be completed before the start of the season."