Keane sets Counago challenge
Ipswich boss Roy Keane says he has no problem with Pablo Counago turning down a move to Swansea.
Last Updated: 26/07/09 2:03pm
Ipswich Town boss Roy Keane says he has no problem with Pablo Counago turning down a move to Swansea City.
Counago held talks over a move to the Liberty Stadium after Ipswich accepted an offer in the region of £500,000 from their Championship rivals.
However, the Spanish striker has opted to stay at Portman Road and Keane has now challenged Counago to earn a place in his team.
"I've no problem with Pablo staying and fighting for his place here, absolutely no problem at all," Keane told the club's official website.
"If the club receive an offer for a player that they think is acceptable then you put it to the player, but if the player doesn't want to leave, then no problem.
"I spoke to Pablo and told him that if he wanted a new challenge at a new club then fair enough, but if wants to stay he has to come out fighting for his place.
"He knows I'm looking to bring in one or two new strikers, so he will have to battle for his place in the team and hopefully we will see him up for the challenge.
"It's the same with all my players. I expect them to have to fight for their place.
"It's part of football. It could be that Pablo goes on to make a big contribution for us this season. That's the way the game is."