Burnley boss Sean Dyche insists club is in control of defender's future

Burnley manager Sean Dyche

Several top flight clubs including Manchester United have been linked with the centre back, who has had an impressive season.

England's Michael Keane applauds fans after the matchEngland's Michael Keane applauds fans after the match

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has put his foot down regarding reports that defender Michael Keane will depart Turf Moor in the summer, and insisted that the club will only sell the centre back if it's on their terms, as reports the Lancashire Telegraph.

Reports emerged recently from Sky Sports that Keane wants out of Burnley in the summer, with a host of Premier League clubs such as Manchester United, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool allegedly interested in signing the 24-year-old.

Keane has been in sensational form for Burnley this season, to the point where he was recently made his England debut in the recent friendly against Germany, however he will be out of contract next summer and rejected a new deal earlier this season, as reports the Daily Mail.

Despite all of this however, Burnley boss Dyche - who claims he only found out about Keane's desire to leave through a television screen - is keeping calm over the situation, and reiterates that the club is in control not only of the situation, but Keane's future.

Burnley's Michael Keane heads against the crossbarBurnley's Michael Keane heads against the crossbar

"I actually got told via a TV screen apparently that he will be leaving, that was news to me as a manager," Dyche said, as reports the Lancashire Telegraph. "The reality is that nothing's changed. He's focused on the job in hand, he knows the job in hand, he's certainly delivering performances for himself, the club.

"Any other news, information that will be given will be in the summer, and it will be only if it's an appropriate situation for all parties. He's under contract, simple as that, he knows that.

"We're in control. He's under contract, people do forget that. It's a strange situation now, there's no two ways about it, players and other clubs have become more powerful because of finance. He's officially under contract. He equally knows the appropriate time when we will speak about his future. He knows that, he's well in the loop.

England's Michael Keane, Jesse Lingard, Chris Smalling and Marcus Rashford during trainingEngland's Michael Keane, Jesse Lingard, Chris Smalling and Marcus Rashford during training

Since being promoted to the Premier League, Burnley have performed admirably and find themselves in 14th position on 36 points - eight points above the relegation zone and only four points behind ninth placed Southampton.

In an ironic twist given the circumstances, the Clarets face one of Keane's admirers - and former clubs - in Manchester United at the weekend, with the encounter taking place on Sunday.

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