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Agent explains why star extended his Burnley contract

16th April 2018, 10:17 by Simon Barlow

Anders Lindegaard's agent insists the Denmark international believes he can establish himself as Burnley's first-choice goalkeeper.

The former Manchester United back-up signed for Burnley as cover when Tom Heaton seriously injured his shoulder in September and the 34-year-old recently signed a contract extension to stay at Turf Moor until 2019.

Lindegaard has not yet played in a first-team match for the club and, unless Burnley sell Heaton or current number one Nick Pope in the summer, he may not even make Sean Dyche's bench next season.

But his agent Michael Stensgaard says Lindegaard, who has only played 131 first-team matches throughout his 15-year professional career, has not accepted a role of permanent reserve.

"Anders has certainly not given up playing," he told Tipsbladet.dk.

"Not at all. We must see if there is no thing on the goalkeeper post in Burnley next season, and that may be another chance for Anders.

"He is still hungry, and you have to keep in mind that it is not easy to play a contract with a Premier League club. I think that you can underestimate a little in Denmark.

"Burnley has only extended with Anders because he has done well and worked well throughout the season."

Stensgaard revealed it was not a tough decision for his client to extend his stay with Burnley, even though he had not played a single minute for the club.

He said: "When a football player considers their future there are three factors in play - economic, sporting and family.

"When Anders looked at the overall package, he has come to the conclusion that Burnley is the best solution for him at the moment.

"Anders came to Burnley at a time when there were good chances to play because Tom Heaton had just been injured. However, Anders had not trained properly for some time, so Nick Pope got the chance, and since then he has not looked back. He could be with England at the World Cup, you must acknowledge that."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

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