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Anders: 'There's Something Stirring'

Lindegaard on board for Clarets future after signing new deal at Turf Moor

5 April 2018

Anders Lindegaard expects Burnley to continue to be a force in the Premier League after signing up for another season as a Claret.

Sean Dyche’s side is pressing for a top-seven finish, which could bring European football to Turf Moor for the first time in half-a-century.

Lindegaard believes the make-up of Dyche’s squad means this season will not be a flash in the pan - and the experienced goalkeeper has made sure he will be around to contribute again next term after agreeing a new 12-month contract at Turf Moor.

“I’m very pleased. It’s been my aim from the beginning to stay for more than one season,” said Lindegaard.

“I’ve really enjoyed it, enjoyed working with my team-mates, all the coaching staff, all the staff at the training ground.

“It’s a good place to be and a fun place to be. There’s definitely something going on and something stirring up at Burnley and it’s nice to be part of it.

“I don’t want to under-play the ability we have in the team. I know Burnley is a small club in the Premier League and financially is not as powerful as most of the other clubs in the Premier League.

“But I know for a fact we have a lot of quality as well. This is not just a good team because we have strong characters or found a little bit of magic from somewhere.

“It’s about quality and I don’t think is just a one-off season, unless the club changes 10 players in the summer, which the club probably won’t.

“I see it carrying on for the next couple of years, because we have a base of hard-working high quality. I see a strong foundation for Burnley to really establish themselves as a Premier League club.”

Lindegaard is yet to make his first appearance for the Clarets after signing last September following the long-term injury sustained by club captain Tom Heaton.

The former Manchester United keeper makes no secret of the fact that he came with the hope of forcing his way into the starting line-up.

But with the emergence of Nick Pope as a proven Premier League performer, the 33-year-old has had to bide his time as a key squad member and part of a powerful goalkeeping unit pushing for places under coach Billy Mercer.

“Off the pitch and on the pitch, I feel I have a role that is more than just sitting there on the weekend and being ready,” Lindegaard added.

“It’s also about the training and what’s going on in the locker room and being part of the club, socially as well.

“Billy puts a big stock on that. He makes things really good and helps create a very good environment for people to thrive as humans and also professionals.

“It’s a fantastic goalkeepers’ department here and competition is very big.

“It’s very supportive, as it usually is in a goalkeepers’ group, but this is an extraordinary good group.

“I’ve seen high competition at United before, but here there are four goalkeepers at a very high level and I haven’t seen that before.

“It’s a very interesting situation what’s going to happen for the end of the season and working into next season.

“I haven’t got any arguments that Popey’s playing from the start. He’s done fantastic and I think he’s been one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League.

“I’ve worked with and seen top goalkeepers in other clubs and he’s definitely up there. 

“What he does on a Saturday is no coincidence because he does it every day. All his success is well deserved."

Manager Sean Dyche ws also delighted to have Lindegaard on board for an extended period.

The gaffer added: "Anders was only brought in out of a situation when we thought we needed reinforcements.

"But he’s done nicely with us. He's  enjoyed his time here and we want that strength: it’s important across the board.

"He’s very experienced and  think his part to play is to keep pushing with the other keepers.

"Legz (Adam Legzdins) is in there as well, Tom (Heaton) is back to more or less full fitness and Popey (Nick Pope) has done so well.

"We want to keep strengthening in all departments, and that’s part of it with the goalkeeping department."

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