LuaLua wants to stay at Blackpool

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LOMANA LuaLua has told Blackpool he wants to stay – despite being chased by a host of other clubs.

Bolton, along with Middlesbrough and a number of Championship teams, have been keeping tabs on the frontman, who has been a revelation in a Pool shirt since being picked up on a free in October.

But the 30-year-old, who misses tomorrow’s FA Cup clash against Sheffield Wednesday with a hamstring strain but could be back for Coventry on Tuesday, has told boss Ian Holloway he is happy where he is.

The Seasiders manager said: “So there are clubs in for him. Who cares? He wants to play for me.

“I spoke to him yesterday and he told me he wants to play for Blackpool.

“The plan we had was that I would put him back on the map for next summer. It isn’t next summer yet. He got a contract from us until then and he wanted to prove to the chairman he was worth a lot more than he was getting. I think he has every chance of doing that.

“Is he in the right place to shine? I think so. So why would he want to go? And if you ask him that to his face instead of listening to rumours, he would tell you exactly the same.

“There is only one thing we need to sort and that is to get his wife over here. Her visa is taking too long and hopefully we can sort that because he is not happy about it.

“So let’s help him sort that, and let him express himself on the pitch because he has been an absolute sensation.”

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Holloway has also made it clear Matty Phillips is going nowhere.

In the last week, Bolton have made an official approach and Cardiff had an £800,000 bid turned down.

Holloway said: “The future of Matty is here. He is at a good club, playing good football. It suits him, so what does he need to worry about?”

The boss is aiming to become the first manager since Jimmy Mullen in 1990 to guide Blackpool to the fifth round of the FA Cup. With a Championship game on Tuesday, he is likely to make changes.

Kevin Phillips, so effective off the bench in the last two matches, is almost certain to start, with Bob Harris, Chris Basham, Danny Wilson and Neal Eardley likely to step in too. Billy Clarke has recovered from a calf problem and is in the squad.

Holloway added: “I’ve written the numbers 19 and 3 on the board at the training ground.

“We have 19 games left in the league and we are three games away from an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.”

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