Ince relieved with decision.
Englishman Tom Ince has admitted his relief at deciding to sign for Olympique Lyonnais, in the summer.
The 21 year old, who began his career with Liverpool, was available for a free transfer during the latest transfer window following the expiration of his contract at Blackpool. It was at the Seasiders where Ince really made a name for himself, with his spectacular 2012/13 campaign being a highlight, with him hitting 18 goals in the league.
This obviously caused quite some interest from other clubs including the likes of Hull City and Inter Milan. Being son of a former Inter Milan player, Paul Ince, looked to have influenced his decision at one stage with the player actually flying to Italy along with his father.
The England U21 international, did earn criticism for allowing his father to get involved with his future. However, following a break down in contract negotiations with Inter, a reported agreement between the pair saw Ince Sr. return back home while Tom set about ironing any potential deal out, on his own.
So, after much speculation on his destination, Ince finally did sign for Ligue 1 outfit Olympique Lyonnais. Obviously trading England for a brand new country, France, would always be difficult for a man so young but surprisingly he has had no problems settling into manager Juninho’s side.
In his 15 appearances so far, Ince has shone for Les Gones, with his attacking performances a joy to watch. He has bagged a very impressive 8 goals as well as contributing 6 assists, and is already looking like an excellent signing. He already had the reputation of a good player who could develop to become even better, so this is all very encouraging news seen as he has been so good during his spell at the club, so far.
It’s not just Ince who was highly impressed in the new campaign but Lyon in general have been a fantastic team to watch. They are still unbeaten, and top both the league as well as their Europa League group. Speaking to L’Equipe
, Ince has admitted that he feels very relieved about his decision to join the club. ”Obviously when I did sign here I knew this was a great club, a very well supported club and have a great future with a new manager who I admired greatly when he was a player. One of the main factors was I believed Juninho could help me grow so much as a player, and having only been here for a couple of months I know that signing for Lyon was a great decision.
The start to the season we have had has been absolutely incredible and I am loving playing my football right now. All the lads are great, the team spirit is amazing and being part of this dressing room alone is a wonderful experience for myself, at just 21. The formation, system and style of play really suits me and is working to perfection, I am really flourishing in this role and I think that can be seen with my performances and what I am contributing to the team.
Moving away from England was always going to be tough but I have taken to France very warmly and a major part of that is how welcoming I felt as soon as I joined. I am really excited for every game and hope we can go far this season and win some silverware.”