Sam Morsy admits that Middlesbrough made it clear to the player that they wanted to sell him this summer.
Morsy has recently completed a move to Ipswich Town, becoming the Tractor Boys’ final signing of what was a very busy summer transfer window.
The Egypt international had made 36 appearances for Boro after signing from Wigan Athletic last summer, featuring in three Championship games this season.
Despite having another two years left on his deal at the Riverside, though, Boro offloaded Morsy to League One Ipswich on Deadline Day, with the midfielder reuniting with Paul Cook.
But speaking to the Hartlepool Mail, Morsy insisted that he had no intentions to leave Boro in the window, but people above made it clear that they wanted to cash in.
He said: “I had no intention of leaving Middlesbrough.
“Even when I was told they were signing a midfielder I was happy to fight for my place but I think it was made clear from upstairs that they wanted to sell me.
“Initially I said that’s fine if the club wants to sell me but I said I’m staying put. I’d settled in the area, enjoyed my team-mates, enjoyed the coaching staff, it was a great atmosphere and I wanted to stay.”
Boro brought in Rennes midfielder James Lea Siliki on loan on Deadline Day as a replacement for Morsy, with Neil Warnock’s men undergoing a busy summer at the Riverside.
I think it seems quite rash to have sold Morsy to be honest.
It wasn’t as if he was out of contract at the end of the season, so they had no reason to cash in and it seems like they did so to make way for Lea Siliki.
Lea Siliki is only there on loan, though, so again, I am surprised that Boro sold quite an important player in Morsy, who seemed to suit Warnock’s style of play.
The club obviously had their reasons, though, so fans will just have to trust in the club.