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1718 burnley steven defour 01 500x500Reportedly close to leaving last summer, Steven Defour is now suggesting that he could be at Burnley for some time to come.

Speaking this week to Belgian newspaper La Dernière Heure, he said his main priority right now was getting back on the pitch at Turf Moor but said he would not rush things because he wants to ensure he can play on until he’s 35.

He also referred to his contract situation at Turf Moor. He has one season beyond this with the club then having an option for a further year. Defour said: “I have the option of an extra year, which will be triggered, and who knows, I might extend my contract for a few more years. My agent will meet the board this summer. We’re well on our way to qualify for the Europa, which hasn’t been done since the 60s.”

Clearly much happier now at Burnley than in his first season, when he went long spells without playing, he added: “The manager changed his style of play. We play more football now, how I like it. The fans love me. They sing my song sometimes during a game. Why do they like me? Maybe my international career, and my few nice goals.

“If I hadn’t been injured, I would have been in the running for the player of the year. With my injury, maybe I’ll be in the top five.”

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