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Clarets Extend Hendrick Stay

Burnley activate contract clause to keep Irishman for a further year

20 December 2018

The Clarets have moved to make sure Jeff Hendrick stays part of the plans at Turf Moor after securing the services of the Ireland international for a further 12 months.

Hendrick’s existing contract was due to expire at the end of the current season.

But Burnley have activated an option for an additional year’s stay for the former Derby County midfielder.

Dublin-born Hendrick, 26, has made 91 appearances for the Clarets since signing from the Rams at the end of the 2016 summer transfer window.

He started 29 Premier League games last season to help Sean Dyche’s side finish seventh in the Premier League to qualify for Europe.

And this season the versatile midfield man – who has operated centrally and in a more attacking role – has made 13 top-flight appearances to earn his extended stay.

"He's done well for us," said Dyche. "We have asked a lot of him. We have used him in a number of different positions that sometimes aren't natural to him and over time he has delivered good performances for us."

Meanwhile, the Burnley boss has confirmed that Aaron Lennon has undergone knee surgery which will keep the winger out for an unspecified time.

The England international sustained cartilage damage in last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at former club Tottenham Hotspur.

“It’s a tidying up situation. He’s happy with it and the surgeon is happy with it,” said added Dyche.

"Hopefully it will be a straight-forward recovery, albeit some time."

Robbie Brady also picked up a knock against Spurs but Dyche is “hopeful” the winger will be okay to return to North London on Saturday to face Arsenal.

And fellow wideman Johann Berg Gudmundsson also has a chance of facing the Gunners after a return to training this week.

But Steven Defour is unlikely to make his return at the Emirates Stadium as the Clarets give the midfielder plenty of time to overcome a calf problem.

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