Ipswich Town defender Christophe Berra has revealed the moral reason behind transferring from the Tractor Boys to Hearts.

The Scotsman was coming to the end of his contract but Ipswich had the option of extending the defender’s contract by twelve months, leaving the potential for a disagreement between the two parties.

The defender spoke about how he would want to see his four-and-a-half-year-old daughter, but time restrictions limited this.

“She came down to me a lot and I travelled up there whenever I could, but, to be honest, that did take its toll.” he said.

“She’s starting school this year and, around Christmas time, I made the decision that I wanted to be closer to her and return to my roots.

“You realise how quick she’s growing up. My mum and dad take her to swimming lessons every Wednesday and I was missing out on things like that.”

However, in an interview with the Ipswich Star, Berra has revealed how Mick McCarthy was happy for the 32-year-old to move to Scotland to be with his family.

“I first spoke to the gaffer about in January. I just told him that I wanted to go home at some point.” Berra continued.

“If the club had said they were keeping me for another year then I would have dealt with it. Some players might have got the hump and sacked it off, but there’s no way I’d ever do that. I’m a professional who will always give 100% in every training session and match.

“I think the club wanted to take my option up, and the gaffer said he didn’t want to lose me, but in the end they said they wouldn’t stand in my way.”


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