Wabara reveals rival interest

Defender explains reasons for deciding to join Ipswich on loan

Wabara: Confident he has made the right choice in joining Ipswich ahead of other Championship clubs

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Manchester City defender Reece Wabara has confirmed he rejected interest from rival Championship clubs in order to join Ipswich Town on loan.

Skysports.com revealed earlier this week that the England Under 20 international was attracting interest from several teams in the second tier as he looked to secure first-team experience.

The likes of Blackpool, Millwall and Reading were understood to be keen on Wabara, who has outlined his reasons for plumping for Ipswich.

"My chances are limited at City with the squad they have so going out on loan will give me the chance to play some football and improve my game," the 19-year-old told Ipswich's official website.

Good choice

"David Platt [Manchester City coach] told me there were a few Championship clubs who were interested in me and gave me a couple of days to think about which one I wanted to join.

"He wanted to see which one I chose and when I told him Ipswich, he said that was his view as well.

"I know about Ipswich's history, the fact that they have a good fanbase and that they have a reputation for passing the ball around. Platty knows the gaffer as well and he said Ipswich was a good choice.

"I know Jay [Emmanuel-Thomas] and had a word with him and he said it was a great club. When you see the players here, there looks a really good squad.

"There are a lot of players here who have played Premier League football and I'm sure playing and training here will help my game and obviously I'm here to try and help Ipswich as well."