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The England Under-21 international rejected a switch to Cardiff for family reasons but has been told by the Seasiders manager that he is ready to play in the top flight

Blackpool winger Tom Ince has revealed that his father and the Seasiders' manager, Paul, has advised him to seek a move to the Premier League this summer.

The former Liverpool player rejected a move to Cardiff earlier in July as he would prefer to remain in the north west and avoid uprooting his family and new-born daughter.

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Ince's own father, however, has urged him not to feel held back by their current partnership at Bloomfield Road and believes he is ready to make the step up to the top flight.

"I have had long chats with dad, as manager and player and father and son," Tom told The Independent. "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. 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."

Cardiff were willing to activate the £8 million release clause in Ince's contract as they prepare for life in the Premier League but failed to persuade the England Under-21 international to move to South Wales.

"For whatever reason when I went to Cardiff, I had a gut feeling that it wasn't right," he explained. "My family is in the north and I'd just become a dad."

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