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1617 burnley jimmy dunne 01 1000Burnley Football Club have now confirmed the signing of Manchester United central defender Jimmy Dunne, the latest addition to the club’s ever increasing development squad.

The deal is for two years with a further year in the club’s favour and that means we’ve landed a highly rated young central defender from the Republic of Ireland who has been with Manchester United since he was aged 10, at their Belfast academy, and there on a professional contract since his 16th birthday in October 2013.

He played for youth clubs St. Kevin’s Boys and Rock Celtic prior to his move to Old Trafford, but it’s Turf Moor and Burnley where he will now be for the next two years at least.

On completing the signing, he said: “This is really positive place to be at the moment so I’m delighted that I’ve got the move sorted for myself.

“Manchester United is a big club who have been good to me since the age of 10 and they have developed me into the player and person I am now. It was a hard decision to make to leave but at the same time I’m joining another fantastic Premier League club.

“All the changes that the club are putting in such as the training ground made it an attractive move and the decision was easier because of that.”

He’s not the only former United defender currently at Burnley, and he added: “Michael Keane is someone I look at to try to improve and I haven’t got talking to him yet but he’s similar in terms of being tall and lean. He’s been through a similar format at Manchester United so hopefully I can learn from him.

“I want to play first-team football and play in the Premier League eventually and Burnley is a brilliant place to come to try and do that.”

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