Burnley striker Danny Ings says he wants to ‘play football’ and that it will be a big influence on where he moves to at the end of the season.
The England Under-21 international is out of contract at the end of the season and is certain to leave Burnley even if they remain in the Premier League beyond next month.
Whilst his goalscoring record hasn’t been as impressive as other England strikers such as Charlie Austin or Harry Kane, the prospect of taking a promising young striker on a free transfer appears to be proving an attractive option for the top clubs.
“One thing I don’t want to do is go somewhere and, not rot, but all of a sudden disappear for a while. Somewhere you don’t really get a look-in. I always back myself and no matter what step I take next I want to well,” said the striker.
“One thing I do want next year no matter where I am – and I don’t know where that is going to be – is to work with a manager who is going to coach me and really develop me as a player. That’s all you can ask for, to learn and be the best you can be. It is important that you do get football. A lot of other things can suck you in when it comes to moves and I am sure that has happened in the past to people.
“My main aim next year is, wherever I am, to play football and to enjoy it and develop. You don’t want to have a good couple of years, come through the Championship, have a good first year in the Premier League and then not play in the Premier League for another year or so because that is a backward step.
“No matter what contract anyone is on it is important you are playing football. It is a short career and you have to earn a living but at the same time playing football is the best way to get better contracts anyway.”
With the United of old playing 4-4-2, Ings may have relished playing up front with Wayne Rooney, but Louis van Gaal‘s 4-3-3 system seems certain to keep the latter up front, meaning regular games would be difficult for Ings at the club.
Whilst a return to the Champions League and a longer cup run would prove fruitful for the striker, a move to Liverpool may be more beneficial given their lack of options up front.
Radamel Falcao’s impending departure along with Javier Hernandez may give motivation to Ings should he join United, but the future of Robin van Persie may be a deciding factor for the currently Burnley man.