Date: 16th May 2016 at 5:20pm
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Sean Dyche remains hopeful Joey Barton will commit his future to Burnley.

However, as things stand the former Manchester City, Newcastle and QPR midfielder looks as though he’ll join Rangers?

Barton’s contract with Burnley expires in the summer with him already shown around the Rangers training ground (Murray Park) on Saturday with discussions over a move to the returning Scottish Premiership side.

Dyche, speaking to Sky Sports at the weekend, feels Rangers’ interest shows the backing they’ve got yet warned he’s ‘not cheap’ and doesn’t begrudge him talking to other clubs.

‘Fair play to Rangers, it shows the clout they have, because if they’re talking to him, he’s not cheap. It shows their intentions if they see it as viable, they must be backed well. We’ve been open with our conversations with him, and his advisor, but he’s still got his chance to look around and that’s what players do nowadays. They’re open-minded to what’s out there.’

Adding we’ll give him ‘as long as he needs’ to decide if he wants to stay or not.

‘We’ll give him as long as he needs. He took time to come to us last year, there were a couple of different things and he wanted to make sure it was the right place and environment. He knows where we stand on it, we do actually speak to these people.’

Clearly Barton wasn’t happy about his winners medal, or lack of originally, which possibly hasn’t helped our chances of keeping him into next season so it doesn’t look too promising regarding an extended stay at the moment does it?

The boss finished by again crediting the influence the Player of the Year has had at Burnley this season with him ‘working with him’ and not ‘against him’ taking onboard his views and opinions.

He’s also got ‘no problem’ with him at all, or his decision to talk to other clubs now that he’s got his ‘future in his own hands.’

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