Burnley winger Dwight McNeil signs new contract

Burnley have secured exciting young talent Dwight McNeil to an extended contact
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The 20-year-old has agreed new terms to the summer of 2024, with the option of a further 12 months.

The England Under 21 international, who has started 60 of the last Premier League games, had been linked with a number of clubs over the summer, including Leicester City, with up to seven top flight outfits believed to be interested in the former Manchester United youngster, as well as Juventus and AC Milan.

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But, in a huge boost for the club, McNeil follows Ashley Westwood, club captain Ben Mee and Bailey Peacock-Farrell, who have recently signed new deals.

And McNeil said: “I’m delighted to sign a new contract. I love playing for the club and it’s a club I want to be at.

“It’s a great position to be in and I couldn’t have asked for more help from the lads, to be honest.

“My focus was always to be a Burnley player and carry on doing what I’m doing because I love the club, I love the team and playing for the gaffer and that’s what I want to carry on doing.”

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McNeil only signed his first professional contract at Turf Moor in the April of 2018, then in January 2019, he agreed new terms after breaking into the first team picture.

His senior debut came at the end of the 2017/18 season as a substitute against Bournemouth, before he came off the bench against Aberdeen in the Europa League, and then earned a first start against Olympiakos.

Then followed a first Premier League start against Manchester United, before his big breakthrough, starting and scoring in a pivotal win against West Ham in the final game of 2018.

He added: “Going back to that West Ham game, the gaffer and the lads put their belief in me and I have been in the team ever since.

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“I’m so happy and fortunate to have been in the team but I think I’ve also showed what I’m capable of doing and I just want to keep doing that.

“I feel like I’ve become more experienced and understand myself more as a person on and off the pitch and that’s been important.

“I just want to do the same as last year now and continue to be part of the team throughout the year. I just want to play football.”