Blackpool boss Paul Ince admits it's difficult managing his son Thomas.

England Under-21 winger Thomas Ince enjoyed a stellar season for the Seasiders and the former Liverpool youngster has attracted admiring glances from his old club among a number of top-flight teams.

"It's a hard one for me because as a father you want to see your son play at the highest level and I'm sure he will, but as a manager who wants to take a club forward you need your best players," he explained.

"Thomas is certainly one of those and he's been outstanding for Blackpool. You forget he's only 21 - to score 18 goals with 15 assists in this league keeps his club in this league. To have that responsibility on your shoulders at such a young age, he's carrying it very, very well.

"It's important that you keep your best players and if we can keep him, great, we can move forward."