Ince flattered by Rovers link

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Mk Dons boss Paul Ince admits it is "flattering" to be linked with the vacant Blackburn manager's position but remains adamant he has had no contact from the Barclays Premier League outfit.

Former Manchester United midfielder Ince, 40, enjoyed a sparkling first full season in charge at stadium:mk and led the Dons to the League Two championship crown at the first attempt.

However, his achievements have not gone unnoticed and he has been widely tipped as a likely successor to Mark Hughes at Ewood Park since his former Red Devils team-mate left to take over at Manchester City last month.

And, despite managerless Leicester chairman Milan Mandaric making his admiration for the former Macclesfield boss public in recent weeks, Ince insists he is focussed on preparing for next season in League One with the Dons - although he refused to rule out a move to a top flight club when he feels the time is right.

"I've not spoken to Blackburn," he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"It's flattering to be linked with any job, especially in the Premier League, so it goes to show that I have done OK in my management career.

"There's nothing concrete (to the Blackburn link). I'm not sure what the situation is and in the next two or three days I'll probably have a better idea of what's going on.

"I believe in time I will get to the Premier League it's just a case of when I want to take that leap. At the moment I'm enjoying my time in Milton Keynes.

"We had a wonderful season last year and as I sit here I am preparing for next season so we'll see what happens."

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