CHARLIE Adam has admitted his ambition is to play at the highest level he can but insisted he will give his all for Blackpool until he is told differently.
The Seasiders skipper claims he is completely unaffected by the ongoing speculation linking him, it seems, with half the clubs in the Premier League.
Everton are the latest rumoured to be lining up a bid, part-funded by the £3m they are set to receive from Tottenham for Steven Pienaar.
Aston Villa and Birmingham have had offers refused but the man at the centre of all the fuss is as calm as ever.
“It really isn’t difficult to ignore all the talk,” said Adam, 25, who took part in a charity snooker event at Blackpool’s Collegiate High School yesterday.
“I am a footballer and I want to keep playing well, and hopefully I can play for many years.
“There is going to be speculation about lads at Blackpool because the players are playing well. You can’t stop speculation, so you just get on with it.
“Everyone giving their opinions on my situation doesn’t bother me at all. In fact, it is what I like about the game. Everybody has something to say about football, everybody has an opinion. Some people like it, some people don’t. You get on with it. The bottom line is that everybody knows I want to play at the highest level. I want to play at the top of the tree, as they say.
“This has been a fantastic part of my life coming to Blackpool, and it has been fantastic being part of this club and working with this manager.
“Going through the play-offs, winning at Wembley and playing in the Premier League ... it has been great.
“At the end of the day everybody has ambition and I want to play at the highest level I can. Hopefully one day it will happen.”
Adam’s transformation from Rangers reject to the Premier League’s most-wanted midfielder has been astonishing. When Pool signed him in the summer of 2009, the only other club interested were Barnsley. Adam chose Bloomfield Road, moving for £500,000, and has been a revelation ever since.
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