Danny Ings: I'll only join Liverpool or Manchester United if I am first choice
Danny Ings, the Burnley striker who is a transfer target for Manchester United and Liverpool, has said he will decide which club to join this summer on the basis of who can promise him regular first-team football, and which manager can coach him to a higher standard.
Ings, the 22-year-old striker whose contract with Burnley expires at the end of the season, is mindful of how other hot prospects like Jack Rodwell, Victor Moses, and Scott Sinclair have "disappeared" after joining elite Premier League clubs. He said the desire to ensure his his career does not take a "backward step" will be the most important factor when he choses between United, Liverpool, and David Moyes' Real Sociedad, all of whom are keen to sign him.
In an interview with the Independent, Ings said: "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.
"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 inh 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."
Liverpool have long been seen as best-placed to win Ings signature, but United are also keen to sign him, with both Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie's futures with the club in doubt.
Ings said he will wait until late May before making a decision with his agent David Threlfall.