Ince: I’d be happy to stay at Blackpool

Blackpool's Thomas Ince
Blackpool's Thomas Ince
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Tom Ince says he’s more than happy to stay at Blackpool.

Speculation about the winger’s future is once again rife, with a number of Premier League clubs ready to test Pool’s resolve with an offer.

Liverpool, Tottenham, Newcastle, Swansea, Cardiff and Italian giants Inter Milan are all interested in the 21-year-old who has a year left to run on his Bloomfield Road contract.

Ian Holloway’s Crystal Palace made an enquiry about Ince this week, but The Gazette understands he isn’t interested in a move to the newly promoted side.

Ince is currently in Israel preparing to face Norway tonight for England’s U21 side, and is as level headed as ever.

“That’s something that may happen over the summer, who knows,” he admitted.

“But if I’m here in a tangerine shirt next season, then I’ll play with exactly the same passion, and try even harder for this club.

“If I’m here next season I’ll be happy and still be giving everything, and making sure I can excite the fans even more.”

Ince’s situation is complicated by the fact his dad will be keen on keeping his top player at the club.

Despite that, it’s not something which will influence the midfielder’s situation.

“It makes no difference for me if my dad’s here or not,” he said.

“I have to thank this football club for giving me the platform to build on.

“The fans, the chairman and Ollie who brought me here, I owe a lot to all of them.

“Also people like Thommo who’s worked so hard with me since I got here.

“This football club have given me the belief to go and express myself and be the player I am.”

After firing 18 goal in the Championship last season, many feel Ince is ready to make the step-up to the Premier League next season.

But he’s determined not to make the leap too soon.

Ince said: “It’s all about timing at this level, the last thing I want to do is jump the gun too soon.

“I don’t want to think I’m ready for the Premier League just because I’ve scored 18 goals.

“I have to be consistent, and come back next season even stronger.

“Whether that’s at Blackpool or not, I don’t know yet.”

While most expect Ince to leave Bloomfield Road this summer, he’s already looking ahead to next season.

And by the sounds of it he’s setting his sights high.

He said: “We have to get our heads right for next season, hit the ground running and stay consistent.

“Blackpool FC deserve to be at the top of the Championship, and back in the Premier League.

“Next time we get to the Premier League, I want us to stay there.”