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Strikers Jay Rodriguez and Matěj Vydra will both be Burnley players until the end of the 2021/22 season at least after the club took up the one year options on their contracts.

Those contracts, for both of them, were due to expire next summer but this means a third year at the Turf for Jay Rod since he returned in the summer of 2018 while for Vydra it will mean a fourth year as he continues his fight to get more first team action.

Jay was back in the side for the home game against Crystal Palace and will now be hoping to add to the eight Premier League goals he scored for us last season. I would say the Turf has always been his happy place and he said today: “”I’m really pleased. I’ve enjoyed my time here with a great bunch of lads and, obviously, being in my home town with my family and friends is an added bonus.”

He added: “I’m enjoying playing, want to play more and still have a lot to give. I feel fresh, fit and ready to go. Going into your thirties you might get looked at differently compared to being young, but I always look at my stats and maybe do a bit more recovery than when I was 19.”

Vydra really came back into the picture last February following his goals against Southampton and Bournemouth but now into his third season at Burnley he will be looking to add to the eleven Premier League starts he’s made. Much of his time on the pitch this season was in the League Cup when he added two more goals to add to his three Premier League goals for the club and his first Burnley goal against  Olympiacos.

He said: “It’s really good for my family to be settled and to know that we will be here for another year. It’s been a successful time for the club while I’ve been here, playing in Europe and doing well in the Premier League.

“I get on well with all my team mates here and it’s a good group to be part of. I still want to play my  part and that’s something I’m aiming to keep doing.”

Today’s news means that Matt Lowton, Jack Cork, Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson, Robbie Brady, Phil Bardsley and Kevin Long remain as the established first team squad players whose contracts are due to end next summer.

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