Ipswich defender set for exit in favour of Scotland return

Date published: Tuesday 9th May 2017 10:08

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Ipswich Town have announced that they will not renew the contract of Christophe Berra, as the defender is set to leave the club due to personal reasons.

The Tractor Boys have opted not to trigger their one-year option on Berra’s contract as the 32-year-old wants to return to Scotland to spend more time with his family.

“It’s a situation we have been aware of for some time,” manager Mick McCarthy told the Sky Bet Championship club’s official website.

“He is not doing anything devious, he just wants to spend more time with his daughter and anyone with family can respect that.

“Christophe has been fantastic for us. He’s been one of the best defenders in the Championship over the last four years.

“I didn’t want to lose him, but I understand fully why he wants to go back closer to home and we wish him well.”

The former Hearts centre-half joined Ipswich from Wolves on a free transfer in the summer of 2013 and scored 14 goals in 185 appearances.

Berra said: “I really enjoyed my four years at Ipswich and I’ve only got good things to say about the club. I wish everyone there all the success in the future.”

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