Sean Dyche ANGRY with Burnley over lack of contract extensions offered to senior players – with five first-team regulars seeing deals expire on June 30
- Five first team players at Burnley are out of contract at the end of this month
- The most notable names are regulars Jeff Hendrick and Phil Bardsley
- Joe Hart, Aaron Lennon and Adam Legzdins are also set to leave on June 30
- Sean Dyche has urged club chairman Mike Garlick to reconsider their futures
Burnley manager Sean Dyche is unhappy with the club over their reluctance to extend the contracts of several senior players whose deals expire this month.
Five players are out of contract at Turf Moor on June 30, including stalwarts Phil Bardsley and Jeff Hendrick, but the club have so far only offered them one-month extensions to enable them to play until the planned completion date of the Premier League on July 26.
Dyche is understood to have expressed his frustration to chairman Mike Garlick and urged the club to reconsider.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche is unhappy with the lack of extensions offered to senior players
Jeff Hendrick is one of five first-team players whose deal runs out at the end of this month
Neither defender Bardsley nor midfielder Hendrick have yet signed the amended contracts, although they have been training with the squad.
In addition to Bardsley and Hendrick, Joe Hart, Aaron Lennon and back-up goalkeeper Adam Legzdins are also out of contract this month.
Burnley’s approach to contract negotiations has been a source of frustration for the technical staff for some time.
Dyche is concerned about potentially losing an important player in Phil Bardsley (right)
One-year extensions given to Ashley Westwood and Robbie Brady this year are the only new contracts the club has agreed since November.
Dyche is thought to be particularly concerned about losing Bardsley.
Despite turning 35 later this month, the former Manchester United full-back is still seen as an important player by the manager.
With the transfer market expected to contract this summer due to the impact of the pandemic, such experienced players available on free transfers are likely to be in demand when the window opens, and the fear of jeopardising a move by getting injured could lead some of them to reject short-term extensions.
Joe Hart and Aaron Lennon are also on their way out of the club unless plans change at Burnley
Top-flight clubs have until June 23 to agree extensions with out-of-contract players following a rule change by the Premier League last month.
After that date, free agents can sign to play for other clubs next season.
There are 71 Premier League players out of contract this summer, which is likely to lead to tense negotiations over the next few weeks, with players seeking longer deals or bonuses to offset the potential loss of opportunities.
Burnley are committed to finishing the season, despite the complication of having a number of players out of contract.
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