Joining Burnley best decision I've made - Keane

Michael Keane with Paul Pogba
Michael Keane with Paul Pogba

Michael Keane celebrated his first Premier League goal in the 2-0 win over Watford at Turf Moor last night, as he continues to make a name for himself in the top flight.

The former Manchester United man was the subject of offers up to £15m from champions Leicester City in the summer, and has been linked with a £25m move to Chelsea.

But the former England Under 21 international, an outside bet for a place in Gareth Southgate’s first England squad on Sunday, insists the best thing he did for his career was leave Old Trafford for Turf Moor.

Keane, an FA Youth Cup winner with United, was also reserve team player of the year in 2012, in a side also containing twin brother Will, Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba.

Keane said: "When I was at United I was disappointed I didn’t get too many chances or a run of games, but you’ve got to move on, and it was the best decision I made coming here.

"I’ve grown as a player, and playing week in week out helps you improve so much.

"Playing Premier League games, I feel more and more comfortable."

While Pogba has returned to Old Trafford, for £89m, his move away, to Juventus, also benefited him, and Keane has stayed in touch with the France midfielder: "I saw Pogba a few weeks ago when he came back, and I’m one of Jessie’s (Lingard) best friends so I see him quite regularly.

"A lot of that team have kept in touch, it was a great team and we had good team spirit, so hopefully when we can, we’ll get together.

"It was good times for us coming through the academy together, it was a great team.

"It seems like a lifetime ago now and we’ve done a lot since then."

Keane, like Pogba, could also come back to haunt United in terms of his price tag, and he was flattered by interest from Leicester, where he enjoyed a loan spell.

He admitted: "It was flattering seeing teams like that come in for you, but I'm really happy at Burnley, the fans have been brilliant with me, as have the manager and the players.

"It’s flattering when big clubs come in for you but I’m happy to stay.

"What will be will be but hopefully in the future I’ll get to that level (Champions League).

"Leicester have done brilliantly to get where they are, I'll watch the games and support them because I played there anyway, but I’m not disappointed I’m not there."

Keane has been tipped for a full England call, though he could still play for the Republic of Ireland, who he represented at Under 17 level, before declaring for England at Under 20 and 21 level.

Namesake Roy Keane was at Turf Moor on Monday night, but Keane wants to pull the Three Lions on: "I’ve not fully committed yet but I want to try and play for England, that's my ambition and it always has been.

"I just need to keep playing well and helping the team do well and hopefully one day the call will come."