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Jeff Hendrick has ‘said my goodbyes’ to Burnley with the reported Celtic and Newcastle United target becoming a free agent upon the expiry of his contract, speaking via an Instagram statement.

While a rangy Ireland international might not have been one of the most gifted midfielders in the Premier League, it’s clear to see how highly Sean Dyche valued him at Turf Moor.

So much so that, with Burnley failing to tie Hendrick down to a new contract (short-term or otherwise), his sudden exit has sparked speculation that Dyche too could be on his way amid claims of growing tension between the manager and the board.

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The gravel-voiced gaffer would surely have his pick of the clubs if he walked away from the Clarets.

And Hendrick now finds himself in a similar situation.

TEAMtalk claims that the former Derby County ace is a target for Celtic and Newcastle, while one of the summer’s most eye-catching transfers remains a distinct possibility with AC Milan offering Hendrick the chance to bring his relentless work rate and impressive adaptability to the seven-time European champions.

“Four years done at Burnley,” said the 54-cap midfielder. “I’ve said my goodbyes to the players and staff already but just a thank you to the fans.

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“It’s been a good few years with some memorable results. Finishing seventh with a little club like Burnley (in 2017/18) as they say was something else. The crowd noise don’t go unnoticed and it really helps push the lads on so keep it up.

“Cheers. Goodbye and thanks again.”

At the age of 28, the Dublin-born dynamo has plenty of time on his side.

The chance to add some silverware to his CV at Celtic should appeal as Hendrick approaches his peak, with his versatility and forward thrust perhaps making him the perfect fit for ‘Lennonball’ at Parkhead.

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