Ince hits out at rumour - and reveals Thomas stays until summer

Paul and Thomas Ince
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Paul Ince has hit out at rumours claiming he and son Thomas met Monaco over a potential move.

A number of reports claim the pair headed to London to talk to representatives of the French club yesterday to discuss a pre-contract agreement ahead of Ince Jnr’s contract expiring this summer.

However, the Blackpool boss told The Gazette last night he was away from the club on personal business, nothing to do with football.

“I don’t need to explain to anyone what I do personally,” he said.

“My focus is on Blackpool Football Club totally and will always be. We shouldn’t let rumours, like Swansea the other day, get in the way of this club trying to move forward.”

Boss Ince missed his weekly press conference yesterday and wasn’t at Bloomfield Road in the afternoon.

It prompted rumours he was with his son for talks over a deal, something which left supporters turning to social networks to call for the sacking of the manager.

But he responded by revealing star man Thomas will remain at Bloomfield Road until the end of the season.

He said: “Thomas loves playing for this club and loves the fans. It’s only natural he will move on eventually, but that will not be in this window.

“He wants to help the players and fans stay in this league.”

Monaco are the latest in a line of clubs hoping to lure the 21-year-old away from Bloomfield Road. The Champions League outfit are keen on tieing the England U21 star down to a pre-contract agreement which would see him end the current season at Bloomfield Road.

Ince is Pool’s top scorer so far this season with seven goals in 24 appearances.

With his contract set to expire this summer Blackpool would be able to claim compensation due to Ince being under 23.

If he chose to sign for a club in England the figure would be expected to be around £4m, but much less should he opt for a move to Europe.

Should he chose a move abroad Pool would only be able to claim a small development few of around £90,000 for every year he’s been at the club.

Both Inces were due to be at training as normal with the Seasiders this morning.

The reports in the national media caused a stir among Blackpool’s supporters.

Glenn Bowley, chairman of the club’s Supporters’ Association said: “If the reports are correct, for the manager to take one of his star players on a 500 mile round trip, less than 48-hours before a crucial away match, when we haven’t won since November and lost eight out of the last nine games is totally unacceptable.

“If there is any truth in the story it should be looked into by the football club as a matter of urgency.

“Either way, for the manager to be away from the club at such a crucial time, you have to question Paul Ince’s commitment and desire to manage Blackpool Football Club.

“I’d ask what the chairman is doing about this.”