Erik Pieters is delighted to be back in the Premier League after joining the Clarets.
The Dutch international has become Burnley’s first summer signing after agreeing an initial two-year deal at Turf Moor, with the option of a further 12 months
Pieters made 169 top-flight appearances during a six-year stay at Stoke City.
And following the Potters’ relegation in 2018 – and a taste of top tier French football on loan last season at Amiens – the vastly experienced defender jumped at the chance to revive his career among the elite of English football with Sean Dyche’s men.
“I’m delighted to sign,” Pieters told the Clarets’ website.
“I have been at Stoke for six years but ended up being sidetracked.
“Burnley gave me the opportunity to get back into the Premier League and it feels good to be back.
“I feel I can bring experience because I have played a lot of Premier League games at Stoke.
“Unfortunately, things didn't work out there towards the end.
“The new manager came in and you find yourself out of the team and have to make some decisions.
“I respect that. It’s not nice after being there for such a long time, but this opportunity has come to get back into the Premier League with Burnley.”
Pieters, capped 18 times by his country and a former European U21 Championship winner with the Netherlands, joined Stoke from Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven in 2013.
Predominantly playing at left-back, the 30-year-old was a near permanent fixture as City racked up three successive top-10 finishes in the Premier League.
Following Stoke’s relegation in 2017/18, he was also a regular starter in the Championship during the first half of last season before a change of management saw the defender exit the Bet365 Stadium to join Amiens.
That departure has now proved a permanent one and Pieters is looking forward to a fresh start as part of the claret and blue cause.
“I have played so many times against Burnley, so I know all about them,” added the Dutchman, who was in the Stoke side whose 1-0 defeat at Turf Moor in December, 2017 saw the Clarets climb into the Premier League’s top four.
“They are always difficult to play against and strong as a group and a team.
“So when I got the opportunity I didn’t have to think long about it.”
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