Date: 9th December 2016 at 1:32pm
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Burnley‘s Michael Keane has admitted he’s flattered by the speculation surrounding a potential big money move to another club – former loan side Leicester tried to sign him in the summer of course.

The defender is gaining the plaudits for his performances in the Premier League this season with these not only bringing transfer rumours they have also landed him his first England call up.

Keane is driven by the flattery but knows this only comes if you play well and he’s not letting it get to his head. He’s quoted by Sky Sports as saying.

‘When you see people say nice things about you, links with other clubs even, it is flattering but it only happens if you’re doing well on the pitch. 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.’

When Burnley were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2014-15 season he could have left Turf Moor. However, the former Manchester United man feels his decision to stay and play for us in the Championship was ‘the making’ of him.

‘Last year in the Championship was the making of me. I played a full season, 46 games, and it was the first full season I’ve played in my career. To play in that league can be difficult so to come through that as champions gives me confidence.’

He concluded his confidence is growing all the time with him ‘loving’ his second chance in the topflight with the Clarets with it his intention for it to continue that way.

‘Then coming into the Premier League, starting off well and getting into the England squad I just feel I’m growing more and more. I’m loving it and just need to carry on. I feel like I went from strength to strength in my defending last year and that’s continued this year.’

After seeing off that Leicester interest in the summer it is possible the 23-year-old will attract further attention in January. In fact it’s almost certain he will but I’d be amazed to see him go anywhere until the end of the season at least.

Wouldn’t you?

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