Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy has told Arsenal and Liverpool to stop wasting their time in pursuit of the highly-rated duo Tyrone Mings and Teddy Bishop.
The Premier League clubs have been constantly having the two players watched following their impressive performances for the Tractor Boys this season. They have played a key role in keeping Ipswich in contention for automatic promotion to the Premier League at the end of the season.
Tyrone Mings has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal in recent months with manager Arsene Wenger revealing that the Gunners were monitoring the versatile defender, who can either play as a centre-back or as a full-back.
On the other hand, Bishop was only recently linked with a move to Liverpool, as manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to bring the young midfielder to Anfield this month.
Mings and Bishop are both valued at about £10m by the club, but the manager has made it clear that Ipswich will not let them leave during the January transfer window. McCarthy has asked the big guns to stop wasting their time chasing the duo as he believes their presence will be vital at the end of the season when they are fighting for promotion with rivals Bournemouth and Middlesbrough.
"We see the scout list and we know they're always here watching them," McCarthy said, as quoted by the Mirror.
"But we're not getting shot of any of our players because we want to be in the mix for promotion at the end of the season," the former Wolves manager said.