Matt Phillips plays down transfer talk from Blackpool

Matt Phillips (centre) trains with Scotland in Florida
Matt Phillips (centre) trains with Scotland in Florida

Matt Phillips is playing down links to Premier League clubs and concentrating on earning his first Scotland cap and enjoying his football with Blackpool.

The 21-year-old missed out on moving up to the top flight with his present club after a play-off loss to West Ham.

"I don't think it will be on my mind. I've still got a season and an option at Blackpool," said the winger.

"I don't think you can think about things like that until something happens and Blackpool accept an offer."

But Phillips, who netted 18 goals for Ian Holloway's side this season, admits to being flattered by the reported interest.

In addition to Everton, Stoke City and Swansea City, promoted Reading are reportedly tracking the winger.

"It's good," he said. "It gives you an extra boost to know that you are doing well and that other people are noticing."

However, Phillips's form has also led to an expected Scotland debut in Saturday's friendly against the United States in Florida and he is happy with life at the Seasiders.

"Blackpool is a big club and they have a great manager and a great set of boys," he said.

"I enjoyed my season, I enjoyed playing the football we played and whatever happens will happen.

"We had a great season at club level and, personally, I think I had probably my best season.

"Hopefully, come Saturday, I can cap off a good season with a Scotland cap.

"It [the defeat by West Ham] was a massive disappointment for the whole club - not just me.

"We really feel we deserved to win the game, but in football you don't always get what you deserve."