Michael Keane flattered by Leicester interest but remains focused on Burnley

Burnley's Michael Keane and Real Sociedad's Jon Bautista in action

Leicester are looking to provide competition for Wes Morgan and Robert Huth

Burnley's Michael Keane and Real Sociedad's Jon Bautista in actionBurnley's Michael Keane is flattered by Leicester's interest

Burnley defender Michael Keane has told the Lancashire Telegraph that he is flattered by the interest being shown in him by Premier League champions Leicester City, however he remains focused on Burnley, 

The former England under-21 international, who was capped 16 times at that level, has been hotly pursued by Claudio Ranieri this summer, as he seeks to provide tough competition to ageing pairing Robert Huth and Wes Morgan, with the German defender set to join Morgan at the age of 32 on Thursday.

Leicester City's Robert Huth in action with West Brom's Saido BerahinoRanieri wants competition for Huth and Morgan

The Foxes have had bids rejected for the former Manchester United man, with the latest thought to be in the region of £15 million, and according to the MirrorRanieri is lining up another offer of £17 million.

And Keane himself has now said that he is flattered by the interest being shown in him by the Champions League outfit, however he insisted he remains focused on his football despite the speculation.

Swansea City's Fernando Llorente in action with Burnley's Michael KeaneSwansea City's Fernando Llorente in action with Burnley's Michael Keane

"It’s been easy; I’ve just been focusing on football,” he said when asked whether rumours about his future were affecting him.

“I came back in and I’ve just been working hard and focusing on doing my best for Burnley. I’m really happy that the season has started and I just want to kick on from here.

“It’s flattering to see but I’m happy here. We played well and it’s not been hard for me over the summer at all. I’ve just got on with it and put it to the back of my mind.”

Michael Keane of Burnley applauds fans at the end of the gameMichael Keane played a key role in Burnley's promotion push last season

Burnley lost their opening day clash with Swansea City at Turf Moor, with Leroy Fer scoring what proved to be the only goal of the game in the second half.

Keane himself was subject to a controversial decision when he was denied a penalty after goalscorer Fer seemed to impede him, but despite his protestations it came to nothing, and the Clarets suffered their first defeat since December of last year.

Burnley face Liverpool next week, and they will hope to have Keane at the heart of their defence for what will undoubtedly be a tough encounter.

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