Cape Town - Burnley
chairman Mike Garlick is willing to lose Michael Keane for nothing at
the end of next season if the defender helps them stay in the Premier
Keane has seen his stock rise since leaving Manchester United in
January 2015, winning promotion back to the top flight with the Clarets
and making 35 appearances this term as they finished 16th in the final
The 24-year-old's performances for Sean Dyche's side earned him a
first senior England cap against Germany two months ago, and he has been
linked with a return to Old Trafford after catching the eye of United
boss Jose Mourinho.
But Garlick insists there is no need for the Lancashire club to cash
in on any of their players, admitting he would happily see Keane leave
on a free transfer if it meant extra revenue for retaining their league
The Red Devils youth product has 12 months left on the
three-and-a-half year contract he signed at Turf Moor after an initial
loan spell there.
"Let's roll it forward a year - what's the prize for staying up
again? Another £120-130m. So if we miss out on one or two fees and get
that, I know what I'd take," Garlick said.
"The most important thing for the fans to know is that we don't
actually have to sell any player. Going forward it's got to be on our
terms and terms that are right for us. Do we need to sell anyone? No.
"It (speculation) is part of the business and it comes with the
territory of being a successful team that has an impact in the Premier
League, which is what we've done. It's bound to attract attention.
"Right now, there's a lot of noise out there from the media but we
haven't had any formal interest in anyone. If we want to keep players,
we'll keep them."
Meanwhile the Clarets have released midfielder Joey Barton a month after he was banned for 18-months from all football related activity for betting.