Burnley boss Vincent Kompany on his "very pragmatic" reason for signing new deal at Turf Moor
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The 37-year-old Premier League Hall of Famer signalled his commitment to the Clarets when signing a new five-year deal at Turf Moor.
The EFL Championship Manager of the Year is now contracted until the summer of 2028 and he shared the specifics on why he opted to put pen to paper on renewed terms.
The ex-Anderlecht chief feels the move will quell the noises surrounding his future - with speculation linking him with vacant posts at both Chelsea and Spurs - which will in turn improve the club's chances of attracting new players in the summer.
He said: “I still had three or four years before I signed, so it’s not something I went chasing but in the end, there’s also a very pragmatic reason.
“Of course I’m happy here, otherwise I wouldn’t do it, of course I think that for my pathway, this is the right decision. But it’s not about anybody else or anything else.
“To be honest, it helps when we try and recruit players. Unfortunately people do believe some of the things that are written, so when I’m trying to convince a player, it’s easier just after I’ve signed a new deal.
“So I thought that was the clearest message. It’s done now, it’s behind us and that makes it simple. You’ll see the affects soon.”
On the back of Burnley's 3-0 win over Cardiff City, with the champions bestowed with their crown in the aftermath, Kompany continued: "There’s also a very practical reason because we have a massive advantage in the fact that we’ve been able to prepare for next season for a long time.
""e’re going to lose that advantage if people are just waiting for me to come out with a statement or something and, as I don’t want to talk about my future, the best way to do it was to sign a new deal. It’s done and we’ve seen the effects already.
“I wasn’t in any hurry, I don’t think I had the same sense of urgency as anyone else. But in the end it can’t affect my job so if I’m trying to convince a player to come to work with us and he’s worried about whether I’m going to stay or not, then in the end, I don’t want to be saying things over and over again."