Danny Ings
Danny Ings has scored nine goals in the league this season Getty Images

Burnley striker Danny Ings will decide his next club only if he can work under a manager who can improve him as a player.

The 22-year-old striker has been in fine form for Sean Dyche's side this season, scoring nine goals and managing four assists. His contract with his current employers will expire at the end of the season and will leave Turf Moor on a free transfer.

Liverpool have long been interested in signing him and will face competition from their arch-rivals Manchester United, who have also joined the race. Earlier reports suggested that Louis van Gaal's side are leading the chase in securing the services of the English goal-scoring striker.

However, Ings admitted that he will also need assurance of regular playing time at his future club as he is not willing to spend more time on the bench.

"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," Ings told the Independent.

"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 it 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 that 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. That's the way I look at things," the Burnley striker concluded.