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The Blackpool loanee made a great impact on his Eagles debut with a goal against West Brom, and says he is focused on helping his new side beat the drop rather than foreign offers

Crystal Palace winger Thomas Ince has revealed he was more than happy to reject the chance of European football for a Premier League relegation battle with the Eagles.

The 22-year-old was coveted by several sides in England's top flight as well as Ligue 1 high-flyers Monaco during the January transfer window, but opted to sign a loan deal at Selhurst Park from Championship outfit Blackpool.

The young attacker scored on his debut in the 3-1 win over West Brom on Saturday, and has no regrets over joining Tony Pulis' side as he prepares to cope with the tough demands of the top division.

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"Why would I want Monaco when I have got Crystal Palace on a day like today?" he told The Sun following his goal against Albion. "It is great to have that kind of interest from big teams in Europe, but I needed to play in the Premier League and help Palace.

"It is a short-term deal and we will assess what happens in the summer. All I can do is keep working hard and see what happens."

Despite his superb start for Palace, Ince insists he will have to do more to deal with the physicality of the Premier League.

"I need to be physically stronger," he contined. "I haven't had the luxury of Premier League training week in, week out, weight programmes and that sort of thing.

"I will gain strength but I know if the gaffer has that faith in me to play, sometimes it is what you do with the ball.

"And if I can get into the box and get shots off and put the ball into the back of the net, that's all that matters."

The Eagles started the season woefully and looked favourites for the drop, but have picked up seven league wins from 14 since the start of December to climb three points clear of the bottom three.

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