Sean Dyche insists that selling Michael Keane to Leicester in the transfer window was never an option.
Keane, who still has two years left on his current deal, is set to line up for the Clarets at the King Power Stadium this weekend after the Clarets reportedly rejected overtures from the Champions over the summer.
And the gaffer insists that the Clarets are now “strong enough financially” to hold on to their key assets until they decide otherwise.
“It was simple, we were never going to sell him, insisted Dyche.
“It’s important to keep all of your best players and Michael is among a group of very good players here, I think.
“That’s the good thing about being where we are at. We haven’t got riches beyond compare to throw around but we are strong enough financially to not have to sell players.”
Dyche added: “Their day will come. It’s the nature of this club that, generally speaking, it will sell players because it always historically has done.
“No matter how much money you have in the bank it will never be enough.
“The club will eventually have to sell players whenever that day comes, but the good news is we’re not under pressure to do that now and we probably won’t be for a while.
“If we decided to do it will be for business planning and player planning, not because we have to.”
Dyche, who is again without Ashley Barnes for the trip to the Midlands, also admitted he remains on the look-out for free agents to strengthen his squad in the coming months.
The closure of the transfer window until January means that only out-of-contract players can now be added to 22-man squad submitted to the Premier League at the end of last month.
“We’re on the lookout for if anything comes our way. We’ve got to be open minded to any situation,” said Dyche.
“If it’s something we think can affect us of course we’re open minded.
“We’re also pre-planning for January now. It’s about can you do it and can you afford to do it?
“We’ve got have an eye on that moving forward to the next window, and that’s our main thought at the moment.”
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