Nathan Collins casts doubt over his Burnley future

Centre back Nathan Collins has cast doubt over his Burnley future.

The 21-year-old centre back scored his first goal for the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday night – a super solo effort to open the scoring in the 1-1 Nations League draw with Ukraine in Lodz.

.And, speaking to reporters following the game, he was asked about the Clarets’ appointment of Vincent Kompany earlier in the day.

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Collins impressed in his debut season in the Premier League, after Burnley paid an initial £12m to Stoke City for his services, with Manchester United and Arsenal known suitors at the time.

LODZ, POLAND - JUNE 14: Vitaliy Mykolenko of Ukraine has a shot on goal whilst under pressure from Nathan Collins of Republic of Ireland during the UEFA Nations League - League B Group 1 match between Ukraine and Republic of Ireland at LKS Stadium on June 14, 2022 in Lodz, Poland. (Photo by Adam Nurkiewicz/Getty Images)

He is believed to have more interested parties after Burnley’s relegation – although how the club could countenance losing the player after the departure of captain Ben Mee and James Tarkowski remains to be seen.

Collins spoke of the new Burnley boss: “I haven’t spoken to the new gaffer yet, but I was just messing with Josh Cullen (who played for Kompany at Anderlecht), saying he’s coming back to Burnley with me.

“He's a natural leader isn't he?

"A top player and did it at the top level and a great job in management at Anderlecht.

"I think he is a really top guy, from the outside anyway.”

However, Collins isn’t certain of how his future will pan out: “Who knows that question where I’ll be even in 10 days.

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“I don't know that myself so we will see what happens.”