New Burnley signing CJ Egan-Riley and what he hopes to learn from Vincent Kompany - "one of the best I've ever seen"

New Burnley signing CJ Egan-Riley is looking forward to developing under Vincent Kompany - "one of the best I've ever seen"

By Chris Boden
Saturday, 2nd July 2022, 9:45 am

The 19-year-old Mancunian brought a decade at Manchester City to an end yesterday when confirming a switch to Burnley on a three-year deal, with a development fee agreed which could rise to £1m with certain clauses.

The young defender – who can play at centre back, right back or holding midfield, didn’t take much convincing to make the switch once City legend Kompany had picked up the phone.

Egan-Riley explained: "I was on holiday about a month ago and the manager called me.

CJ Egan-Riley

"I just had a quick chat with him, and had a few more talks with my family when I got back.

"Everything that he was saying and that he put forward I was really pleased with.

"To be able to come here and play under Vincent Kompany – someone I have always looked up to, obviously being at City all my life- was something that I didn't really have to consider, and I know I will learn a lot off him.

"I have watched Vincent Kompany since I was a young player. He is a defender like me, and he has a great mind for the game and he is a great guy.

"I am looking forward to try and take in all the teachings and learnings he can give me.

"He is a legend of the game, one of the best I have ever seen."

And Egan-Riley – much like another young right back Burnley signed from City in 2011, a certain Kieran Trippier – hopes to become a fan favourite by giving his all for the cause: "I am going to do all I can for the fans and try and make them happy and give 100% every time I step on the pitch and try and do my job for them.

"I know the club is very historic, has a local community and it is a real footballing town.

"Fans are the ones you do it for, they are the ones you are trying to make happy.

"To know they are so passionate about football and Burnley Football Club is great."