Burnley set for key man talks as Vincent Kompany makes Southampton admission
All the latest Burnley news as Vincent Kompany’s men celebrate an FA Cup win over Premier League Bournemouth.
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The Clarets are 17 points above third placed Middlesbrough with a game in hand, and Vincent Kompany’s men have 17 games remaining to hold their nerve. Burnley face rivals Preston this weekend as they look to make it 10 straight league wins, and potentially extend their seven point lead over Sheffield United at the top.
In the meantime, we have rounded up all the latest news surrounding Turf Moor.
Kompany will hold talks with Ashley Barnes over his future in the coming weeks.
Barnes, who has been with Burnnley since 2014, racking up more than 300 appearances across all competitions. But his contract expires this summer, and competition is only getting tougher at Turf Moor, particularly in the front line. It’s not yet clear what Burnley will do with Barnes, who is now 33 years of age.
But Kompany has said that talks will take place over the coming weeks, adding: “I couldn’t be more positive about a senior player than I am about Ashley Barnes.”
Kompany has said he ‘hid the phones’ during the January transfer window amid talk Southampton could recall loan star Nathan Tella.
“We hid the phones and made sure nobody contacted us,” Kompany joked when asked if Saints boss Nathan Jones had asked about recalling Tella. “The last thing we wanted was to ask questions. We’re happy he’s here with us and that’s all that matters.”
Tella has been in fine form for Burnley this season, and Southampton could do with his influence as they continue to struggle near the bottom of the Premier League. The 29-year-old already has nine goals in the Championship alone this season.