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Dyche tells Man United he will not sell Keane on the cheap this summer

Date Posted,April 21, 2017

Sean Dyche has warned Manchester United that they will have to wait 12 months to sign Michael Keane unless they stump up enough cash.

The Burnley manager insists that he would rather let his England centre-back leave for nothing at the end of his contract than sell him on the cheap this summer.

Keane has just over 12 months to run on his deal at Turf Moor, and has refused to sign a new one.

United, who visit Turf Moor tomorrow, are among a host of Premier League clubs looking to buy Keane, who broke into the England team as he made his debut against Germany last month.

Dyche will not let Keane go on the cheap (Photo: 2017 Getty Images)

But Dyche says that if he does not get the deal he wants, then he will keep the £25m-rated defender for next season and allow him to run down his contract.

He argued that the Clarets do not need the money from a big sale, even though Keane’s value has risen sharply since he left Old Trafford for Turf Moor in a £2m deal in January 2015.

The Burnley boss said: “We’re in a great position, if that came around. We’re in a stronger position now.

“That’s where the club has changed. It would have to be appropriate for all parties, and all parties are in the loop.”

Keane has become a full England international this year (Photo: Getty)

Dyche added that Keane and his representatives are fully aware that is Burnley’s position.

He added: “There’s no story. When everyone reads it, they’ll all say: ‘That’s exactly what we’ve been told.’

“I’m open and honest with the players. We’ll look at it and speak to the relevant people. If it doesn’t fit, crack on.”

Dyche insists that the growing speculation over Keane’s future is no distraction as his side aim for a second successive season of top-flight football for the first time since the mid-1970s.

He said: “I think it’s a natural part of the club’s continuing progress. It’s good in one way to have your players linked, getting recognised by, usually, bigger clubs.”

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