Date: 11th May 2018 at 2:43pm
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Manager Sean Dyche has been holding his pre-game press conference ahead of this weekend’s final Premier League game of 2017/18 against Bournemouth.

We welcome Eddie Howe’s side to Turf Moor on Sunday for the curtain closer and whatever happens in the game we already know we have a European adventure to look forward to next year as the club continues to improve on and off the pitch.

Meeting with the media to discuss the upcoming game earlier today, Dyche told the Official Site that he felt the club continued to look up with the announcement of Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s extended contact.

The 27-year-old Icelandic international put pen to paper on a new three-year deal with us earlier this morning and Dyche was rightly pleased.

“He’s had a very strong season. We saw a lot of good things last season. He had a couple of spells injured and that was unfortunate. But we saw the progress he was making and this season he’s stepped up again. He’s done very well. He’s been another story of someone who last season was getting used to it, understanding it – both us and the Premier League. He has used that wisely and matured and moved forward again this season in his own performances and the team performances. It’s another good sign of what we’re trying to achieve by keeping our best players.”

In terms of the game, Dyche also confirmed that centre-half Ben Mee would be missing once more following the shin injury that last saw him play at the end of March. Ashley Barnes continues to be unavailable following the shoulder injury he picked up in last weekend’s defeat to Arsenal.

Scans on his shoulder have shown ligament damage, but the injury certainly isn’t as serious as first feared and he should be back fit ready for the start of pre-season training.

With Scott Arfield and Dean Marney already leaving the club this summer, Dyche confirmed that they would be consulted as to any role they would play.

The news about Mee missing out has been a particular blow for fans, as with ongoing speculation about his future, many believe it is a signal that he will be off for pastures new this summer.

 

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