Date: 7th July 2017 at 1:51pm
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Burnley manager Sean Dyche has admitted the time was right for Michael Keane to make a new step in his career with him completing his move to Everton.

Having smashed the club’s record transfer fee earlier this week as he moved to Goodison Park for a fee that could be worth £30million, Dyche admitted that with his further improvement and growth last year – gaining England recognition – he had become resigned to the fact we would lose him this summer, but he moves on with our best wishes.

Speaking to the Official Site Dyche explained.

‘The reality was that Michael was probably going to move. It`s not about him wanting to leave; it`s just a natural progression. It`s fair to say that Everton have been in the Premier League for a very long time and they`re looking to get even stronger.’

Dyche went on to say.

‘They`re making a big investment there now and it`s a right move at the right time for him. I think Michael spoke very well about our club and about what he`s done here and rightly so, as he`s had a fantastic journey. If there`s ever been a time in my management career when there`s something that you tell the story, or the projected future of, it was probably his story. When I first met Michael with his agent and his parents, I kind of guided him as to how I saw his future and he`s obviously played a massive part of gripping that himself and we`ve guided him towards that. There comes a time for some of these players when it`s probably appropriate they move on and I think on this occasion it is.’

Dyche went on to say that with speculation about his future last summer, the attitude was he had more to do at Burnley before looking for pastures new and having helped us to Premier League survival, in many ways, that’s a nice way to bring his time at Turf Moor to a close.

‘I mentioned last year to him and to the world, when people were chasing after him, that I thought he had more to do at Burnley, before he moves on. Now I think now he`s in a really good place to go on and take his career on again – and we can only thank him for what he`s done. He`s been a fantastic servant to us, both on and off the pitch.’

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