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'Meeting with Joy went well' - Pressley

14 November 2013

City boss Steven Pressley has confirmed the club has no intention to sell any players in the January transfer window...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley has confirmed the club has no intention of selling players in January, after talks with owner/investor Joy Seppala. 

The Sky Blues have been on a terrific run of form, having won the last five games in all competitions which is the first time that has happened since the 1997/98 Premier League season. 

Midfielder Conor Thomas pledged his future to the club this week, signing a new deal until 2016, following Jordan Clarke and Callum Wilson in doing so. 

By signing core members of the first-team squad onto longer contracts, Pressley has been told by Joy Seppala that he won't have to sell any players in the January transfer window.

The City boss said: "I was down in London this week speaking to Joy about the situation at the football club, in terms of the footballing department.

"We discussed our vision for the future, like player recrutiment and the building of the squad. I said how important it was that we retain our young players and she is so behind what we are trying to do.

"Every single club in the world is a selling club at a certain point. If you get a ridiculous offer for a player, then no club will turn it down.

"But, the truth is, we have no intentions of selling our young players in January. None whatsoever, unless that ridiculous offer came in which we couldn't refuse, but I don't see that happening.

"I genuinely believe we will retain all our young players in January which made the meeting really positive."

Pressley's side face Bradford on Sunday looking to stretch their unbeaten run to six games and close the gap on the League One play-offs. 

Thomas is set to start against the Bantams having signed a new deal this week and Pressley believes he will become a 'top player'.

He added: "I think Conor can play at the very top of the game. I think the Premier League should be his aim, there is no doubt about that.

"He is an outstanding young player and now has a real understanding of the game. Prior to me arriving at the club, a lot of people had spoke to me about him.

"I could see his qualities in possession of the ball were very good but the one area of his game which needing improving was his play off-the-ball.

"He is now one of our best players at that. The way he goes after a game and looks to control it is incredible which makes him a valuable asset for us."


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