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Tom Ince explains Spurs & Liverpool snub

Ince is a regular with England under-21s (©GettyImages)
Ince is a regular with England under-21s (©GettyImages).

Liverpool and Tottenham winger target Tom Ince has revealed his reasons for rejecting a move to the Premier League this summer.

A regular in Gareth Southgate's England under-21 squad, Ince opted to stay with Championship outfit Blackpool - a club where he is all but guaranteed first-team football.

And Ince - who was the subject of a failed £8 million bid from Spurs - explained the motivations behind his decision, stating that playing regularly is far more important than being distracted by the bright lights of the Premier League.

"If you look at a lot of clubs in the Premier League, particularly the top five, there are a lot of foreign players.

"It makes it very hard for young English players to break through," he told The Daily Mail.

"A lot of people make rash decisions, based on getting into the Premier League too quick. You have to earn the right to be somewhere.

"I am happy to be playing in the Championship - people underestimate how good this league is."

The 21-year-old winger was a wanted man having scored 18 goals in 44 appearances, impressing under the tutelage of dad and manager, Paul.

"I didn't feel that, right now, I wanted to move to Tottenham or Everton," said Ince.

"It is flattering to have that interest in me but it is about playing for Blackpool and enjoying my football."

Liverpool have long been linked with a move for Ince and have first refusal on the man who graduated from their Academy, having sold the Stockport-born attacker to the Seasiders back in 2011.

However, reports suggest Brendan Rodgers' interest in Ince has cooled, putting Everton and Tottenham at the head of the queue in pursuit of Blackpool's number 11.

Whether Andre Villas-Boas makes a renewed attempt to bring Ince to White Hart Lane remains to be seen, having already spent in excess of £110 million this summer following the record-breaking departure of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid.

Everton, meanwhile, are on the lookout for reinforcements and could turn to Ince as Roberto Martinez looks to reinvest some of the money received from selling Marouane Fellaini to Manchester United.

While Ince insists he's happy plying his trade in the lower echelons of the Football League, whether he will find it so easy to reject the overtures of the Premier League should the big teams come calling in January, remains to be seen.

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