Chairman’s McNeil pledge as Clarets look to add in January

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Burnley chairman Mike Garlick has insisted that Dwight McNeil won't be sold in January and instead suggested the club will look to add in the transfer window.

McNeil has started every one of Burnley’s 14 Premier League matches this term and his performances have reportedly attracted plenty of attention from elsewhere over the last 12 months, since he first broke into the team last December.

Burnley tied the Rochdale-born star down to an extended contract in January which runs through to 2023, with the option of another 12 months, but that hasn’t stopped the reports of interest from Manchester United, Leicester City and Juventus.

Clarets chairman Garlick has moved to quell fears among the Turf Moor faithful that McNeil could be on his way by stating that Burnley have no need to sell McNeil, or any of their star men in the upcoming window.

“One thing we won’t be looking to do is put everything we’ve achieved at risk by selling any of our key players,” said Garlick, writing in the programme ahead of Burnley’s Premier League game with Crystal Palace.

“To that end I saw recently some reports of Dwight McNeil attracting interest, and understandably so after the start to the season that he has made.

“But there’s no way we will be looking to sell such an important player, who continues to grow in stature and is such an important part of what Sean is continually trying to build here.”

Garlick went as far to suggest Burnley will be looking to improve the options manager Sean Dyche has at his disposal next month with an eye on “any areas we feel we can look to improve”.

That looks most likely to be in central midfield where summer loan signing Danny Drinkwater has still yet to make a Premier League appearance, although he was an unused substitute for Saturday’s 2-0 home reverse to Palace.

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