Former Burnley midfielder Steven Defour has said that he “might call” Sean Dyche to ask about a potential return to Turf Moor.
The 32-year-old left the Clarets a year ago citing personal reasons but, having recently reached the end of a year-long contract with Royal Antwerp, he is now a free agent and is currently considering a series of offers which have been presented to him.
However, in an interview with Burnley Express, the Belgian hinted that his preference could be to return to Lancashire, saying: “I think I’ll have to call the ‘gaffer’ or he could always call me! I did an interview for a magazine and he read about it. He called me directly and said I could get in touch if I ever needed anything. Burnley is an amazing club and if the option was there then why not?
“I’m considering it so I might give him a call at some point if we’re still some way off a deal. I might call him. It was several months ago when I last spoke to him, but we’ll always have a very good understanding.”
Defour became Burnley’s then-record signing when he joined from Anderlecht in an £8m deal in 2016 (as per BBC). He made 45 Premier League appearances in his first two seasons at the club and scored a memorable free kick in a 2-2 draw at Manchester United in December 2017.
However, a serious knee injury the following month ended his season, while subsequent calf problems restricted him to only six league appearances in 2018/19 before he returned to his native Belgium this time last year.
He only played 12 times for Royal Antwerp last season and admitted to Burnley Express that he found it frustrating there compared to his time at Turf Moor, deciding not to seek a renewal of his contract.
Dyche already has two central midfielders in Jack Cork and Ashley Westwood whose 30th birthdays have come and gone, with 24-year-old Josh Brownhill also an option in the middle of the park along with emerging talent Mace Goodridge.
A return to Burnley for Defour may seem like a decision guided by sentiment rather than practicality, particularly with two ageing central midfielders already in the squad.
However, the Belgian seems open to retracing his steps to Turf Moor, where fortune didn’t always smile on him, and he is readily and cheaply available given his free agent status. Even if he doesn’t play regularly, he could be a sage mentor for 20-year-old Goodridge and exert a strong dressing room influence.
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It should be intriguing to see whether Dyche turns the clock back and gives Defour another shot with the Clarets.
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