Sean Dyche comments on Michael Keane being linked with Everton and Newcastle

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Burnley boss Sean Dyche is attempting to avoid speculation over Michael Keane's future.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has told the Burnley Express that there will always be speculation surrounding his best players following rumours over the future of Michael Keane.

Dyche lost right back Kieran Trippier and striker Danny Ings to the Premier League this summer, with Tottenham and Liverpool snapping the duo up respectively.

He has however been able to keep most of his squad in tact, with some big additions such as Tendayi Darikwa, Joey Barton and Andre Gray brought in to replenish the squad.

Now though, speculation surrounds one of his key players once again. The Sun recently reported that Everton and Newcastle United are hoping to sign defender Michael Keane, who has impressed in the heart of the Clarets defence under Dyche.

The former Manchester United trainee, 22, found first-team football hard to come by at Old Trafford, but is proving himself to be a solid centre back at Turf Moor.

Dyche was asked about the Premier League interest in Keane ahead of Burnley's clash with Rotherham United this weekend, and tried to play down any speculation surrounding a possible exit.

"I’ve been here for almost three years, and I don’t remember a time when we weren’t having players linked with other clubs," said Dyche. "There has to be stories, it’s just par for the course," he added.

Keane will be focusing on his displays for Burnley, but with the defender no doubt having aspirations of a Premier League return, January could be a very interesting month for Keane, with the transfer window re-opening.

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