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Burnley centre-back reveals that he is flattered by speculation linking him with a move away from Turf Moor to Premier League rivals

Burnley centre-back Michael Keane has revealed that he is flattered by speculation linking him with a move away from Turf Moor, report the Daily Mail.

The Daily Mail quote Keane in revealing that he is pleased to be linked with Burnley’s Premier League rivals: “When you see people say nice things about you, links with other clubs even, it is flattering.”

The 23-year-old did insist, however, that he intends to keep his feet firmly on the ground amid the speculation surrounding his future: “It gives you that confidence but you can’t get carried away. I’ve just got to keep working hard, keep doing the same things and hopefully it carries on.”

The former Manchester United defender was given his first call-up to the senior England national team in October as a replacement for the injured Glen Johnson. Earning recognition from Gareth Southgate was testament to his imperious form for his club.

Keane went on to note just how pleased he is with his personal progression as a player: “I feel like I went from strength to strength in my defending last year and that’s continued this year.”

Burnley have had a steady start on their return to England’s top tier. Sean Dyche’s side have amassed 14 points from their opening 15 games so far this campaign and sit three points clear of the relegation zone. They will need to keep hold of Keane if they are to keep hold of their Premier League status this term.

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