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Michael Keane

Defender


Biography

Date of birth

11/01/1993

Height

191 cm

Signed

08/01/2015

Country

England

Michael Keane initially joined the Clarets on loan from Manchester United in September 2014 before completing a permanent move for an undisclosed fee in January, 2015, signing a deal until June, 2018.

Keane began his career in the youth set-up at Old Trafford before signing professional terms in 2011.

He made his debut in the League Cup against Aldershot Town in the same year and after several more appearances in the competition made his first Premier League appearance against Sunderland a week before his switch to Turf Moor.

The Stockport-born defender won United’s Reserve Player of the Year award in 2012 in a league-winning side spearheaded by his brother Will.

With first-team chances limited, Keane went out on loan to Leicester City in the 2012/13 season, featuring 27 times.

He then joined East Midlands neighbours Derby County on loan the following season, before ending the campaign at Blackburn Rovers as he looked to further his development with 13 Championship appearances.

Following his move to Burnley, Keane made 21 Premier League appearances as the Clarets were relegated at the end of the 2014/15 season.

But the central defender was then an almost permanent fixture of the Championship title-winning side the following season, initially partnering Michael Duff and then joining forces with Ben Mee in the middle of the Clarets’ back four as Sean Dyche’s side stormed to promotion.

Keane also weighed in with five goals, including vital equalisers against Brighton and Middlesbrough during the run-in as Burnley held off their twin challenge to finish in top spot.

The 2016/17 Premier League season saw Keane flourish further as one of England’s rising defensive talents as he missed just three games at the end of the season, combining superbly with Mee as the pair were cornerstones in the Clarets’ successful survival campaign.

His performances in the Premier League earned him his first senior England call-up in October 2016 and he was then given his debut by Gareth Southgate – formerly his international manager at Under-21 level - in a friendly defeat in Germany, where he impressed for the full 90 minutes to earn a second cap days later in a World Cup qualifying win over Lithuania at Wembley.

Keane’s efforts also earned him a nomination for the PFA Young Player of the Year award  and the Clarets’ Players’ Player of the Year Award.