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Chief Executive Discusses Morsy Sale

29 January 2016

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After the sale of midfielder Sam Morsy to Wigan Athletic yesterday, Chesterfield chief executive Chris Turner talked through the reasoning behind the deal.

Morsy signed for the Spireites in July 2013 from Port Vale and made 117 appearances for the club before his departure was announced yesterday.

"Sam wanted to leave and has wanted to leave for over 12 months," explained Turner. "Paul Cook, Dean Saunders and myself as well have sat down on more than half a dozen occasions - and with his agent on two occasions - to try and sort out a longer term deal for Samy, but there wasn't any interest from him to sign.

"We've known that and in the two windows since then the valuation of the player has been decreasing with his contract coming to an end.

"We don't want to sell any of our players but the unfortunate thing is that once a player knows what contract he's going to receive and which club it's coming from they want to go."

Turner was keen to point out that his club relies on strong recruitment and has been very successful in this field in recent times.

"If we had players at this club who were average then we wouldn't be selling any players. The recruitment at this club is second-to-none and the players we have brought in during the last two and half years, including some who are here now, are proving to be value for money, they've developed well and then other teams come and look at them, like them and want to take them."

Morsy - who had captained the Spireites this season - left for the DW Stadium for an undisclosed fee, and Turner explained why the fee wasn't published.

"When it's an undisclosed fee that's because the buying club want to keep the fee between the two clubs. Wigan wanted an undisclosed fee, that's the way football is now. 

"When a player leaves this club it's down to the buying club to decide whether they want the fee disclosed or not."

The chief executive also explained that the recruitment staff are working hard to ensure that the club can bring in additions to the playing squad before the end of the transfer window.

"We've been discussing a deal with a player for the last 24 hours," he said. "Hopefully in the next 24 hours we'll get the green light. We are recruiting and are always looking to bring players to the club."

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