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MICHAEL KEANE
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  • MICHAEL KEANE
  • DEFENDER

UPDATED 03:19 2nd August 2015

Manchester United and England U21 defender Michael Keane joined the Clarets until January 2015 after agreeing an 11th hour deadline day deal.

He later signed a long-term deal that carries him to the summer of 2018.

Keane began his career at Old Trafford before signing professional terms in 2011.

He made his debut for United in the League Cup against Aldershot Town in the same year and, after several more appearances in the competition, finally made his first Premier League appearance for United against Sunderland.

The central defender won the Reserve Player of the Year award at the club in 2012 as the reserve side won the Reserve League North.

But with first-team chances limited, Keane went on loan to Leicester City in the 2012/13 season, where he featured 27 times.

He then joined East Midlands neighbours Derby County on loan the following season, and ended the campaign at Blackburn Rovers as he looked to further his development.

A season back in the Premier League with Burnley further enhanced his reputation, while on the international scene Keane has represented England at both U19 and U21 level.

He travelled with the U19 squad and helped them to the semi-finals of the 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship and made Gareth Southgate's U21s squad for the Euro finals in the Czech Republic in 2015.

Following the departure of Jason Shackell, Keane began the 2015/16 campaign at centre-back alongside Michael Duff.

At the turn of the calendar year, left-back Ben Mee partnered Keane at centre-back, and both played an integral part of a defence that remained unbeaten for 23 league games.

Keane played all-but one league fixture in the 2015/16 Championship title-winning campaign, scoring five goals, two of which were vital last minute equalisers against Brighton and Middlesbrough.

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