Tom Ince optimistic about Crystal Palace future and tips Julian Speroni for Argentina World Cup squad

News Shopper: Tom Ince in action for Crystal Palace against Manchester United Tom Ince in action for Crystal Palace against Manchester United

Tom Ince was optimistic when questioned about his Crystal Palace future after yesterday’s 2-2 draw at Fulham.

The much sought-after Blackpool loanee has only played sporadically since signing in January, but manager Tony Pulis has sung his praises, stating last month he is interested in bringing him to the club on a permanent basis.

Ince said: “I’m wanted here and it’s fantastic for me for the gaffer to come out and say that.

“Palace have given me an opportunity – they brought me into the club in January and they didn’t have to.

“I’ve enjoyed my time at Crystal Palace: the players, the staff, the fans have been phenomenal for me.

“It’s not easy coming to a place on loan and if the players aren’t great and you’re not playing you can easily lose your head, but these lads have been fantastic.

“If we can sit down in the summer, I’ll have a chat with the chairman here and we’ll see what happens next season.

“I’m going on holiday and I’ll come back and see what’s on the table and go from there.”

Yesterday’s game caps off an extraordinary season for Palace, defying expectations by not only staying up, but by finishing in a hugely impressive 11th place.

Although the Eagles were denied another three points by a goal at the death from Cottagers’ youngster Chris David, Ince said being a part of Palace’s season has been an experience to remember.

He said: “It didn’t really end well at Blackpool for me – it ended on a bit of a sour note – and to come to a club who had a big, big thing on their hands and to be a part of that and achieve that among this squad of players, it’s made my season a lot brighter.

“Now I’ve finished the season with my head held high and a smile on my face and been part of something special.”

Ince singled out goalkeeper Julian Speroni, who won Crystal Palace player of the year last week, for praise, tipping him for selection in the Argentina World Cup squad.

He said: “Jules has come in and been player of the year, he has been absolutely fantastic.

“Argentina have to come for him. It’s a fact that there’s no other keeper out there at the moment playing better than Julian Speroni and hopefully he’ll get a late call up.

“I’ll be proud of him because he is such a lovely man and for someone like him to serve 10 years at this club is fantastic.”

Whether Ince is a Palace player next season or not, he hopes the team build on this season's success and consolidate their place in the Premier League.

He said: “As a whole we’ve worked hard to prove people wrong and next year it will be the same, Palace will try and do better than eleventh place.

“There’ll be teams that come up and will want to challenge Palace but with this squad of players and the attitude they’ve got they’ll always try and better themselves and try to do better each year.

“Hopefully eleventh will be tenth or ninth or eighth but you don’t know, in the Premier league there are so many twists and surprises, but hopefully Palace will be up there again next season.”

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