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27 September 2016

Exclusive interview with the matchday programme sees the Town stopper reveal he passed up the opportunity to sign a five-year deal at the San Siro as a youngster

Tonight's matchday programme features a full-length interview with stopper - and fans favourite - Bartosz Bialkowski, who reveals he could have joined a top European side before his career path led him to Portman Road. 

The Polish 'keeper, who joined Town from Notts County in 2014, explains to the matchday programme how he passed up a five-year contract at Italian giants Inter Milan, in order to pursue his dream of playing in England. 

“I have always wanted to play in England. That was my dream growing up,” said the 29-year-old ‘keeper. 

“I was a big fan of Manchester United. I was also a massive fan of the England national team as well. I can remember watching the game against Argentina in the 98 World Cup. I was in bits when David Beckham got sent-off and cried my eyes out again when England lost that game. 

“I came to the end of the season in Poland and was promised by my agent that they would get me a chance at one of the big clubs in England, Arsenal, Manchester United - a club like that. 

“I could have joined Inter Milan. I had a five-year contract waiting to be signed. The owner of the club I played for in Poland used to play in Italy. He had a lot of contacts there and was friends with the sporting director at Inter. They watched me play a few times and I had a big contract on the table for me to sign. 

“Inter would have signed me and then sent me back to my Polish club for two years on loan but my agent said not to sign because there were top clubs in England after me. It was a no-brainer for me because I wanted to play in England so I didn’t sign. 

“I was badly advised though. I trusted the wrong people and I didn’t have a club for four months. I trained by myself to keep fit as best I could. I had trials at Glasgow Rangers and Wigan but nothing happened. I didn’t know why because I was playing in the Poland national team at my age group then and was highly-rated. 

“I found out a few years later that the clubs wanted to take me on but my agent wanted too much money out of the deal for themselves and it made it too expensive."

You can read the full interview with Bart only in tonight's matchday programme, priced at £3 and on sale around the ground. There's also interviews with Leon Best and Grant Ward, whilst Freddie Sears reveals his best XI of former teammates.  

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