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Dyche backs Clarets keepers after Heaton exit

5th August 2019, 14:06 by Neil Foster

Burnley manager Sean Dyche feels it was right to sell Tom Heaton to Aston Villa as he is happy with his goalkeeping ranks.

Heaton opted to move to Villa Park after the West Midlanders offered him better terms, with Burnley receiving a fee of £8m for the man capped three times by England.

The former Bristol City shot-stopper made 200 appearances in all competitions for the Clarets but will now ply his trade under Dean Smith after six seasons at Turf Moor.

Dyche was sorry to see him go but believes Heaton acted in the correct way for his family, with Burnley still able to boast a decent array of keepers.

"He had to do that, and it's right and proper players do that, and from our point of view, when it hit a certain mark, everyone agreed that's the mark it takes to do the deal," he told the Lancashire Telegraph,.

"But it helps that we're well-stocked, I believe in (Nick) Popey and Joe (Hart), and will learn about Bailey (Peacock-Farrell), who looks like he has a real desire and hunger to learn."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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