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1617 burnley ashley westwood 00 500x500Burnley finished seventh in the Premier League and have reached the qualifiers for the Europa League and League Two club Crewe Alexandra are set to benefit from that success coupled with the contribution made by their former player Ashley Westwood.

Crewe sold Westwood was sold to Aston Villa six years ago in a £1 million deal but one of the add ons included in the sale was a clause giving them 20% of any profit Villa might make if they sold him. That meant, on moving to Burnley in January 2017 for £5 million it triggered a further payment to Crewe of £800,000.

Now, their local press are reporting, they are set for another windfall with Burnley set to make a further payment to Villa which has been brought about because Westwood played in half of our Premier League games during a season in which we remained in the league. He achieved that total on the last day of the season against Bournemouth; his twelfth start to add to seven substitute appearances.

Crewe manager David Artell confirmed to the Crewe Chronicle that a payment was due although he didn’t confirm the amount. The newspaper believes our payment to Villa could be as much as £1 million which would see Crewe receive a further £200,000.

The money will be a bonus for a club who spend around £700,000 per year on their academy and rely on player sales to fund the club.

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