Burnley Football Club can confirm that Steven Defour has been allowed to end his time at Turf Moor and return to Belgium to continue his career.
Defour has had the remaining 10 months of his contract with the Clarets terminated by mutual consent to head home for family reasons.
Manager Sean Dyche said: “Steven has worked really hard throughout the summer to get back to full fitness and has made excellent progress.
“We were looking forward to him playing some part for us later in the season, but for family reasons it is more appropriate for him to return to Belgium.
“We always put the welfare of a player first and hopefully by returning home he can resolve these issues and get the chance to resume his career nearer to his family home.
“Despite his bad luck with injuries, Steven has been an excellent player for us and big part of our squad.
“His quality is beyond question and no-one will forget the key role he played in the first half of the 2017/18 season, when we laid the foundations to finish seventh in the Premier League and qualify for Europe.”
Ironically, Defour made his debut in English football for Burnley against Liverpool – the Clarets’ opponents this weekend – and will be remembered at Turf Moor as arguably their most successful overseas signing and certainly one of the most technically gifted players of recent times.
Burnley Football Club would like to thank Steven for his services and wish him well in his future career.