The West Bromwich Albion player has failed to impress at The Hawthorns but Slaven Bilic insists they haven’t given up on him.

West Bromwich Albion player Oliver Burke has described his lack of game time at The Hawthorns as “unfortunate” and did not rule out a permanent move away from West Brom, as reported by the Daily Record.

The 22-year-old struggled since moving from RB Leipzig to West Brom 2017 in a deal that cost the Baggies £15million, according to BBC Sport, and following a stint at Celtic in the second half of last season, he is now at Alaves.

Out of favour at Albion with just two league starts for the Baggies, Burke is now getting more regular game time in Spain, with four La Liga appearances under his belt including two starts, according to Transfermarkt.

Although Slaven Bilic is quoted by BBC Sport as saying the club “haven’t given up on him”, Burke seems open to a switch away from The Hawthorns, but he insists he will “try not to think about it too much” as he seeks to get his career back on track.

“I just have to see how it goes, if it is going really well for me and I am playing, then I’ll be wanting to stay and progress,” Burke told the Daily Record. “You never know where you’re going to end up being in football – clearly! It can change very quickly. It is unfortunate I haven’t been able to get the game time at West Brom but I need to stay focused, progress, and try not to think about it too much.”

Burke also said he is learning Spanish, adding: “I’ve got to start having lessons three times a week. I’ve got a teacher already organised and it’s not just because I’m there – it’s a life thing as well. Spanish is a big language and it will be good for me to learn. Hopefully I can learn a lot. Just now it’s only a short loan until the end of the season and who knows what will happen after that. But it will be nice to learn.”

Burke has made 24 senior appearances for West Brom in all competitions, and is contracted to the Baggies until the summer of 2022 (Transfermarkt) on a deal believed to be £30,000 per week (Spotrac).

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