Tom Ince was voted the Football League Young Player of the Year this week to cap off an excellent season for the England Under-21 international.

Ince has scored an impressive 18 goals and contributed 11 assists for Blackpool this season and has caught the eye of several Premier League clubs, with Liverpool reported to have been close to a deal to bring him back to Anfield in January.

However, in an interview with talkSPORT, Ince was keen to emphasise his commitment to the Bloomfield Road side.

"I don't think any of the moves were close," Ince told talkSPORT.

"It's great having that speculation and it's very flattering. To have teams of that magnitude saying you're a decent player, it gives me a smile and flatters me a lot.

"For me though it's about putting my faith in Blackpool because without that club, my team-mates and the fans I wouldn't be Football League Young Player of the Year and the player I am now.

"My dream is to play at the top level and to achieve my ambitions, but it's all about timing and patience, so when you get to the top you are ready to go and not jumping too soon."

Ince follows on from Wilfried Zaha as the winner of the prestigious award and will no doubt aim to follow in the Manchester United man’s footsteps by securing a move to a big club.

Liverpool remain the most vocal in the pursuit of Ince junior, although his unsuccessful spell there may put him off returning, while Manchester United are known to be interested.

With his father and now manager having represented both clubs in his career he’ll be sure to get some sound advice.

Blackpool will be happy to hold on to the jewel in their crown for as long as they can but they’re not in a strong position to be turning down big offers for their players and they can guarantee a flood of enquiries come the summer.

The time has probably come for Ince to make his name on the big stage and with exposure to the Premier League, there could even be a chance of a World Cup place next summer with England.

Brendan Rodgers is keen to add Ince and strengthen the depth of his squad while Sir Alex Ferguson may be deterred by having just signed Zaha from Palace, but there are sure to be more clubs interested if and when Ince becomes available.

 

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