Ivan Toney Reacts to Arsenal and Chelsea January Rumours With Commitment to Brentford

Ivan Toney Reacts to Arsenal and Chelsea January Rumours With Commitment to Brentford

Elijah Odetokun
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Ivan Toney is days away from returning to action after his FA ban
  • Several reports have linked him with a move away from Brentford
  • The English striker has confirmed where he will be after January

Ivan Toney is close to returning to action, and his first media appearance shed light on the ongoing media reports linking him with a move away from Brentford this transfer window.

Toney was handed an eight-month ban with no training for the first four months and fined £5,000 in May after he was found guilty of 232 of the 262 betting breaches the FA alleged of him.

The suspension ended his hopes of securing a move away from Brentford at the end of last season, with clubs unwilling to invest due to concerns over what his condition would be at the end.

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Ivan Toney in attendance for Brentford's 2-1 home loss to Aston Villa in December. Photo by Ryan Pierse.
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Per The Independent, this has not stopped Arsenal from attempting to sign him this summer to fix their goal-scoring woes, and they are reportedly leading the race ahead of city rivals, Chelsea.

Toney rules out January move

The English striker has been training with the team since September but had shied away from media attention. With his return expected in a few days, he has spoken exclusively to Sky Sports about his time out.

He opened up about the support he received during the eight months, particularly from the manager and the club.

“Thomas Frank has been nothing but the biggest help I could have asked for, the whole club have. The club was right behind me from the first bit. The fans were behind me, which was a massive part,” he said.

He did not directly comment on the transfer rumours linking him away, but by claiming he has a lot to repay the club suggests he is not open to a January move.

“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,” he added.

Since beating Luton Town on December 2, the Bees have lost five consecutive Premier League games, and the former Newcastle star vowed to help the club come out of their poor form.

“They’re struggling at the moment but I'm sure when I'm back I will play a big part to get them out of the losing form they've been in… I will do my best to try and get the club out of the sticky patch we're in,” he concluded.

His return to action could come as early as the home game against Nottingham Forest on January 20.

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Fans criticise Brentford's sponsor

Sports Brief previously reported on fans criticising Brentford's shirt sponsor after their striker was banned for months over an activity promoted by the company on the front of the shirt.

The club's decision to retain Hollywoodbets as the main shirt sponsor by the Bees was met with outrage by the fans, who accused the club of a lack of support for the embattled striker.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.