Burnley have been given a boost in their attempts to survive on a shoestring in the Premier League, with their striker Danny Ings declaring that he will ignore any attempts to lure him away in next month’s transfer window and that staying until the end of the season is “the way it’s going to be”.
Ings is out of contract at the end of the campaign, a state of uncertainty which has led fellow strugglers Leicester City to be ready to make a £7.5m bid for the England Under-21 international. Though selling Ings would be a suicide note for Burnley, Leicester’s richer Thai owners could certainly potentially unsettle him. Ings said he would dismiss any offer.
Asked if he wanted to stay to help lead Burnley’s fight, the club’s most outstanding asset said: "That was the plan. I’m contracted until the end of the season and that’s the way it’s going to be. Now I can fight for the team as much as I can and do my best for them. [If an offer comes in] I won’t be looking at that. I’ll just take that for my confidence and take it into my game and do as well as I can for Burnley.
"It’s quite easy to lose concentration for some people [when a flattering offer comes in.] But I’m not that sort of character. I’ve got a job here to do at Burnley and am contracted until the end of the season – and that’s the way it’s going to be."
Some of those who have monitored Ings closely as part of the expanded Football Association scouting network are hugely impressed by him, considering the 22-year-old to be a potential Premier League top-six player.
Ings added that he thought Chelsea were more likely to win the Premier League than Manchester City. “In my opinion Chelsea [are favourites, having played] against both of them,” he said. “It was the first game of the season we had them, but I think they are extremely strong. Everyone knows Jose Mourinho is a fantastic manager. It’s a hard call, but I think Chelsea.”
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