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STEVEN DEFOUR
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UPDATED 12:12 16th August 2016

Belgium international midfielder Steven Defour joined the Clarets in August 2016 from RSC Anderlecht, for a club-record undisclosed fee.

Defour agreed a three-year deal with the Clarets, with a fiurther one-year option in the club's favour.

Born in Mechelen, Defour comes with a sizeable pedigree, having been capped 46 times for Belgium and winning the domestic league title twice during his time at Standard Liege.

During his time at Porto, he also won the Portuguese title on two occasions before making the switch back to his homeland with Anderlecht.

He started his career with his hometown club KV Mechelen before moving to Racing Club Genk in 2004.

Aged just 16, he made his Belgian Pro League debut and ended the 2004/2005 season having appeared 26 times and scored once as the side finished fifth.

In 2006, he moved on to Standard Liege on a five-year contract and in his just his second year with the club, taking over from Portugal legend Sergio Conceicao at the age of 19.

Impressive performances earned him the Belgian Golden Shoe award in 2007 for the best player in the division.

In the 2007/2008 season, he led the Reds to their first league title in 25 years before helping them to retain it in the following season when he made 31 appearances.

During this time, Defour was being coveted by a number of English clubs and after breaking his foot in 2009, he received a letter from then Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson wishing him well in his recovery.

But a move to Portugal followed his spell at Liege and Defour played an integral role as they won the league title in his first season.

During his time at Estadio do Dragao, he made 111 appearances in all competitions which included the UEFA Champions League.

His return to Belgium came in 2014 when his transfer to RSC Anderlecht was confirmed and in 2015/16, he made 41 appearances and scored two goals for the club.

On the international stage, Defour made his debut at 18 and scored his first goal for the Red Devils in September 2008 against Estonia in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers at Stade Maurice Dufrasne Liege.

Former national team boss Marc Wilmots named him in his squad for the 2014 World Cup, where he made one appearance against South Korea in the 1-0 victory.

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