Jose Cubero has been granted a fresh work permit to remain at Blackpool next season ... but he’s not keen on staying.
Pool were quick to take up their contract option to keep the Costa Rican midfielder at Bloomfield Road for a second season, though it was feared Cubero would not qualify for an extension to his work visa after making only 12 appearances last season and losing his place in his national squad.
The 2014 World Cup star hardly featured for Pool until the final seven weeks of the season, but because injury was the reason for his absence his permit has been renewed.
But after relegation to League One, the 28-year-old sounds keen on a move away from Blackpool.
Cubero told media in his homeland: “I’ve said to Blackpool I also want to have the option of a transfer but we are still talking. At the moment there’s nothing to report. My agent is in talks with Blackpool and there are teams that have shown interest in me.”
Those comments will come as a blow to Pool manager Neil McDonald, who had hoped to build his new midfield around Cubero, who played for Costa Rica in their 2-1 friendly defeat by Spain last weekend.
Cubero joined Pool for £300,000 from Costa Rican club Herediano last July. He missed the first seven weeks of the season after a visa delay, then was ruled out for five and a half months by a foot injury.
Pool would be able to command a transfer fee for Cubero, having extended his contract, and Italian clubs Palermo, Verona and Bologna have all been linked with him.
If no deal is done, Cubero is expected to report in for pre-season training with the rest of the Pool squad on Monday week.