Sean Dyche insists the time was right for Michael Keane to leave Turf Moor and join Everton.
The defender smashed the club’s transfer record earlier this week when he made the move to Goodison Park, in a deal that could net the Clarets £30m.
And Dyche admitted he was resigned to losing the England debutant this summer, following his rise to prominence at Turf Moor.
“The reality was that Michael was probably going to move,” admitted the Burnley boss.
“It’s not about him wanting to leave; it’s just a natural progression.
“It’s fair to say that Everton have been in the Premier League for a very long time and they’re looking to get even stronger.
“They’re making a big investment there now and it’s a right move at the right time for him.
“I think Michael spoke very well about our club and about what he’s done here and rightly so, as he’s had a fantastic journey.
“If there’s ever been a time in my management career when there’s something that you tell the story, or the projected future of, it was probably his story.
“When I first met Michael with his agent and his parents, I kind of guided him as to how I saw his future and he’s obviously played a massive part of gripping that himself and we’ve guided him towards that.
“There comes a time for some of these players when it’s probably appropriate they move on and I think on this occasion it is.”
Dyche added: “I mentioned last year to him and to the world, when people were chasing after him, that I thought he had more to do at Burnley, before he moves on.
“Now I think now he’s in a really good place to go on and take his career on again - and we can only thank him for what he’s done.
“He’s been a fantastic servant to us, both on and off the pitch.”