Ince protective over son's future

  • Last Updated: August 20 2013, 18:12 BST

Paul Ince insists his son Thomas Ince will only leave Blackpool if he is guaranteed first-team football.

Ince: Has been linked with a move away from Blackpool
Ince: Has been linked with a move away from Blackpool

England Under-21 international winger Thomas Ince has been mooted as a potential target for numerous Barclays Premier League clubs but, with the end of the transfer window approaching, he remains on the Tangerines' books.

Cardiff had a bid accepted for Thomas Ince but the player turned down the Welsh club, citing his desire to remain with his family in the north west.

Scott Sinclair is now in the region after trading south Wales for Manchester City but his career has since stagnated and Ince senior is keen for his son to avoid a similar predicament.

"What I wouldn't want Thomas to do is to go to a club and then spend a lot of time on the bench, as that would hamper his development," Paul Ince told Sky Sports News.

"Whenever he does go, and whatever club he goes to, he needs to be playing football and his development needs to be taken forward.

"Look at Scott Sinclair when he left Swansea and went to Manchester City, he hasn't played for two years. That won't happen to Thomas."

Explaining why he opted not to join Malky Mackay's side, Thomas Ince added: "I went down to Cardiff and Malky was excellent. I have got great respect for Malky and Cardiff City and I hope they stay in the Premier League this year, they are a fantastic club.

"I went down and had a look myself. But my family is in the north west and it was solely down to I didn't think it was the right time and right move for me."

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