Boss ‘Understands’ why Chelsea want to sign £70 Million star ‘ he’s a good player’
Brentford boss Thomas Frank is paying no attention to the growing speculation surrounding CHELSEA target Ivan Toney.
Toney is currently in the middle of a ban that keeps him out of football until January, but that has not stopped speculation that he is a player that Chelsea are very much interested in signing.
The Blues have spent some serious money over the last couple of transfer windows, but are lacking a striker that has the ability to score 20 goals a season, and Toney is reportedly the man that Mauricio Pochettino would like the board to sign in just a few months time.
But amid the speculation Brentford boss Frank says he is not overly concerned by the rumours surrounding Toney and is just looking forward to welcoming him back to the training ground next week.
Asked about the links to the likes of CHELSEA, Frank replied: ‘Social media I know is there, I never take anything [from it]. Good thing I’m not on social media, let me put it that way.
‘When it’s out there I’m definitely not seeing it as the truth in any way.
‘But I guess it’s positive, he’s a good player, I understand why there are big clubs looking at him.
‘He’s a fantastic player, he’s done fantastic for us, but he’s our player and we’re looking forward to getting him back in the group.’
Asked how big a lift it will be to have Toney back at the training ground, Frank continued: ‘I think for us it’s very good to have him back.
‘He’s a very good player but more importantly a [very good] person to have around the group. He trains hard, he’s very positive, he brings a lot of energy – which is very good for any group.
‘Also I’m pretty sure that he is also very happy to be allowed back in to play football, being around his mates and team-mates that he loves to be around.
‘No doubt he will give us a lift. Of course, we’d prefer to have him in the team but that’s not possible. But to have him every day is definitely going to be positive.’
Toney has a few months before he can actually play for Brentford – he can train – but he cant play. So if CHELSEA are looking to sign the man, he will not be too useful for a good few weeks after his return as he will need to get back into match fitness.