Cardiff City ruled out as Blackpool’s Ince waits for right move

Despite Blackpool previously accepting an offer from Cardiff City, Tom Ince has ruled out a move to the Welsh side, preferring to bide his time for a move that feels right.

Ince has spoken how he awaits the right move and how he hopes to make a success of a future move to the top flight.

Speaking to the Independent, the 21-year old said:  “I have had long chats with dad, as manager and player and father and son.

“He told me he has had his time as a footballer and he can look after himself at Blackpool. He wants me to play at the level he believes I can play at.”

His father and manager, Paul Ince, an ex-England international and Manchester United and Liverpool player, would be in a position to offer sage advice.  Having had a successful career as a robust midfielder, he would be well aware of the need to make the right career move.

Ince Jr. continued:  “I have proved I can handle myself in the Championship but I don’t want to go into the Premier League and struggle.

“I know there will be days when I am criticised and days when I am out of form. It’s a rocky road ahead and I want to cope like Ryan Giggs coped.”

On his visit to Cardiff after an agreement was made the midfielder says:  “For whatever reason when I went to Cardiff, I had a gut feeling that it wasn’t right. My family is in the north and I’d just become a dad.”

Ince joined for Liverpool as a a youth player in 2008 and after a spell with Notts County joined Blackpool in 2001, signing a two year contract.  The England Under-21 international has gone on to score 24 times in 77 appearances for The Seasiders.

The fee agreed between Blackpool and Cardiff City is believed to be in and around the £8million mark.  Ince passed his medical and agree personal terms but when he felt the move wasn’t for him he decided against it.

With the likes of Newcastle and Tottenham Hotspur interested in the player the move he craves could be on the horizon.  His old club Liverpool are also said to have an interest in bringing the player back to Anfield.

Whoever does come in for Ince, it will be the player who makes the final decision on where his future lies.  If he does stay at Blackpool it would be a huge boost for the club as they look to push for promotion to the Premier League.  Either way, the speculation surrounding one of England’s brightest prospects is sure to continue.

Brian is a sports journalist with over 5 years experience of writing on all things soccer. Resides in Dublin, Ireland.