Transfer news: New Hull City signing Tom Ince says Inter Milan move was ‘very close’
Last Updated: 16/07/14 10:21am
Tom Ince says he was 'very close' to joining Inter Milan but is happy with his decision to come to Hull City as he feels it is the right move for his football development.
Ince had a number of options to consider this summer after taking the decision to leave Blackpool at the end of his contract.
There was interest from abroad and he travelled to Italy to hold talks with Inter, a club where his father Paul spent two years in the 1990s.
He still hopes to play in Europe at some point in the future but at this stage of his career he has no regrets about choosing Hull.
"At my age I have to think about football development," the 22-year-old told the Hull Daily Mail.
"I've come here to be educated. Anyone can go to a status club and pick up five or six times more money than you could do in the UK but I'm a footballing person. That's why this move is right for me."
Speaking about the possibility of going to Inter, Ince added: "It was very close. I went out there and spent a good three or four days there. I went to the San Siro, the training ground and it was unbelievable to stand there in that environment.
"That's an ambition of mine but I don't think you should jump the gun.
"You've got to realise that when you're a young lad you have to educate yourself and make moves for the right reasons. That's all that matters."
Ince was on Liverpool's books as a youngster but decided to head to Blackpool for regular football and believes joining Hull is another step towards the top of the game.
I've come here to be educated. Anyone can go to a status club and pick up five or six times more money than you could do in the UK but I'm a footballing person. That's why this move is right for me.
"I've taken the long route in my career. I took a brave decision at 18 to leave Liverpool when many players would have stayed on,” said Ince, who spent time on loan at Crystal Palace last season.
"There's not many people who have done that, who have taken a step back and a different route.
"I'm taking it step by step. I see my career as a ladder and this is the next step up.
"Blackpool were absolutely fantastic for me. I've not regretted the decision I made to leave Liverpool at all. I feel as though I kept Blackpool in the Championship for two years running and that shows I can play that Saturday and Tuesday schedule.
"I've gained strength and experience from playing every week. Now I feel it's the right step to play in the Premier League and I can't wait to get started."
Ince is looking forward to working with Steve Bruce at the KC Stadium, saying: "Steve was key, he was massive in me wanting to come to Hull City.
"He's known me for God knows how long and he'll put the exact same pressures on me as he does all the lads.
"To be back with familiar faces is fantastic. He knows my talents and what I can give and I'm sure he'll be looking to develop parts of my game."