Brentford striker Ivan Toney appears to have dampened speculation about a January departure from the club, despite reported interest from Arsenal and Chelsea.
As he prepares to return from his eight-month betting ban, Toney recently discussed the support he received from Brentford during his suspension. Certain remarks made by the highly sought-after striker also indicate that he has no intentions of leaving the club during the winter transfer window.
Talking to Sky Sports, Toney said: “Thomas Frank has been nothing but the biggest help I could have asked for, the whole club have. From putting on extra sessions on for me, from taking their time out to put a session on, go outside when it’s raining when I’m not even supposed to be in these kinds of things. I have a lot to repay them and I can’t wait to try and do that.
Toney talks about Brentford’s support of him
“Everybody has been supportive. I feel like, especially the club they were right behind me from the first bit and the fans were behind me as well, which was a massive part. Even when I wasn’t at their games, they were singing my name. And I got loads of messages on social media. A friend of mine sent me a video of the fans singing my name, I got goosebumps to know that they’re still behind me, even though I’m not there.
“Everyone knows Brentford is a family club, they have been nothing but amazing for me. I can’t thank them enough, especially the fans. They were behind me from the first minute as well. So it’s kind of like I have a lot to repay.”
The English international expresses confidence in his ability to contribute goals for Brentford, ensuring the team avoids relegation in the latter part of the season. Toney is set to rejoin Brentford, currently positioned 16th in the standings, with a four-point buffer above the relegation zone and having experienced one win in nine matches across all competitions.
In addition to Yoane Wissa, currently participating in the Africa Cup of Nations, Brentford is also coping with extended absences of attackers Bryan Mbeumo and Kevin Schade.