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Thomas Frank blames translation issues behind his Toney transfer comments

Thomas Frank suggested that Ivan Toney might extend his stay at Brentford beyond this season but acknowledged that the striker’s long-term future is elsewhere.

A Danish magazine quoted Frank this week, implying that the 27-year-old would likely be sold in the summer. However, Frank has now clarified that there are still “a couple of scenarios” being considered.

Toney, who recently returned from an eight-month ban for breaking FA gambling rules, has a contract expiring at the end of next season. He has expressed his desire to join a club higher up the Premier League table than Brentford.

Despite scoring upon his return against Nottingham Forest and again in a loss to Tottenham, Brentford remains in danger of relegation, sitting just three points above the bottom three.

Frank, who spoke to Tipsbladet in Danish, cautioned against relying solely on translated text but confirmed the underlying notion that Toney will eventually depart.

“You always need to be aware of translation,” he said. “Google Translate is not always the best.

“It’s the same message as the whole time, I would love him to stay forever. The reality is he’s got one more year left on his contract in the summer. I think he’s been pretty open about playing for a top club in the future.

“There’s a couple of scenarios; he leaves in the summer, he leaves in the winter, or he stays until the end.

“If he’s leaving – whatever, summer, winter or the summer after – I think it will be fantastic seeing him playing for a top club.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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