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Oyston: Ince deal 'inevitable'

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston has revealed Thomas Ince was determined to leave Bloomfield Road and hopes his next permanent destination will be another English club.

The Seasiders last month lost their prized asset when the England Under-21 international ended up joining Tony Pulis' Crystal Palace on a loan deal until the end of the season.

His departure followed hot on the heels of Oyston's decision to sack his father, Paul Ince, as Blackpool manager.

Ince junior's contract is up in the summer and Oyston admits it is highly unlikely he will ever pull on a Blackpool shirt again.

Due to his age, the Tangerines will be due compensation even if Thomas Ince leaves when his contract runs down.

But amid rumoured interest from French club Monaco, the size of that fee will be very much dependent on whether he remains in Britain.

Speaking at a question and answer session with Blackpool supporters, Oyston said: "There was no way Tom was going to stay, he was always being manoeuvred out the door.

"We could have made him stay until the end of the season, but we are far better doing what we've done; he was never going to sign a new contract with us.

"We had to give them permission to talk to other clubs as they would have just done it behind our backs anyway.

"People will always try and force our hands and I think their camp were telling people we were trying to force them out.

"But that's gone now and we did very well out of it.

"From our point of view we've managed to avoid the lose-lose situation, which could have seen him do nothing until the end of the season then clearing off abroad.

"We did a very good deal with Palace, and by letting him do so, lessened the likelihood of him going abroad because if he does well there will be more interest."