Ince makes New Year resolution to stay put

Thomas Ince says he won't leave Blackpool in the January window.
Thomas Ince says he won't leave Blackpool in the January window.
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Thomas Ince says he’s going nowhere during the January transfer window.

The 21-year-old has been linked with a host of clubs including Newcastle United and Tottenham with Dutch giants Ajax the latest to show an interest.

Despite not yet hitting the heights of last season, Ince has so far fired six goals for the Seasiders who are flying high in the Championship table.

And he’s handed Pool fans a huge boost by pledging to stay, at least until the end of the season.

“Me and my dad have always had a plan when we’ve sat down and discussed my future,” he said.

“It’s about timing and I don’t want to be a player who rushes things, who sees the bright lights and all of a sudden ends up stuck somewhere and not playing.

“I have a year left on my contract and I plan to see out the rest of that year.

“I’m enjoying my football at Blackpool and I just want to continue that.

“The chairman, players and the fans have given me everything and I just want to return that faith, score goals, help the team win games and get promoted.”

Ince was joined by Jack Robinson in England’s U21 side as they faced Finland at MK Dons last night.

The young lions have come under huge criticism since crashing out of the summer’s European Championships, but Ince is convinced this is a new era.

Ince said: “There are some fantastic players on show with the Under-21s.

“People have picked out Ravel Morrison at West Ham, who’s been absolutely fantastic for both club and country, and he’s got great talent.

“There’s not just Ravel, there’s Nathan Redmond (Norwich), Wilfried Zaha (Manchester United) and Saido Berahino, who’s doing so well for West Brom. There’s a lot of talent on show.

“This is a totally different squad to the one which went to Israel, a new regime, and there’s new blood in the squad.

“Last summer wasn’t great. We just didn’t turn up. We went in there with the best preparation possible – we didn’t lose a game in qualifying – but just didn’t perform.

“It’s all coming together now and you can see that in the results and performances in the recent qualifiers, so hopefully we can continue that.”

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