New Burnley manager Vincent Kompany says it’s been a “busy and exciting” time at the club as the club look to shake things up in the transfer market.
The Belgian has arrived as the new Clarets boss, as he takes over from Sean Dyche and is targeting an immediate return to the Premier League. Kompany was officially announced as the new number one at Burnley on Tuesday afternoon, and he is expected to start working tomorrow – when the Clarets return to pre-season training.
Relegation means Burnley are playing Championship football for the first time since 2016. Kompany faces a major rebuild at the club with a number of contract issues to resolve in addition to likely player sales and his own summer recruitment.
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Several notable first-team players have left the club. James Tarkowski, Ben Mee, Aaron Lennon, Phil Bardsley, Dale Stephens and Erik Pieters all who will leave this summer at the conclusion of their current contracts.
This means reinforcements are needed to fill any gaps in the team that have arisen. Kompany touched on the topic of transfers and admits there are possibilities for players to leave the club as they are no longer in the Premier League.
But the new Clarets boss believes the window also creates opportunities to pursue. He is looking to use his in-game contacts and has suggested prioritizing long-term signings for Burnley over short-term loans.
He said: “At the moment in terms of transfers it’s a busy time as well as an exciting time. Obviously that means having come down to the Championship there are still possibilities of players leaving because we have to. letting them go, which is part of relegation.
“At the same time, there are opportunities to bring new players into the squad who could already help us, maybe get closer to this idea we have of where we want to go with the club. that’s why I say it’s a busy time there’s a lot of uncertainty but it’s also an exciting time because there’s a lot of opportunity and we’re aiming for the second, that is the opportunities we see right now.
“You borrow as a last resort, if you don’t have the funds available to bring the quality you want, if there’s a position where you have an immediate need to bring in a player to help you, then borrowing is something. thing you do as a last resort I think our main idea is to see if we can find players who are willing to stay longer at the club to develop them as well because the budgets we are in probably won’t allow us to do come in from the seasoned guys. Also, do we need them, we want to bring in players who can commit to the club a bit longer and create and add value to the club when other teams come we take them.
“At the end of the day, it’s like I said, it’s something I know well because when I was back in Belgium, the only kind of deals we used to do was that kind of undervalued young players, I’m not talking about young, young, but always players with a great future ahead of them and bringing them in and creating value through them Seeing them become players that help us to become a better team. So nothing different from what I’ve done for the last three years, and the phone book is big enough I think to have some great options.”
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