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Steven Defour

Midfielder

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Biography

Date of birth

15/04/1988

Height

173 cm

Signed

16/08/2016

Country

Belgium

Belgium international Steven Defour joined the Clarets in August 2016 from RSC Anderlecht for a then club-record undisclosed fee.

The midfielder agreed a three-year deal with the Clarets, with an option to extend a further year.

Born in Mechelen, Defour arrived with a sizeable pedigree, having been capped 51 times for Belgium and twice being crowned champion during his time at Standard Liege.

During his time at Porto, he also won the Portuguese title on two occasions before making the switch back to his homeland with Anderlecht.

Defour started his career with hometown club KV Mechelen before moving to Racing Club Genk in 2004.

Aged just 16, he made his Belgian Pro League debut and ended the 2004/05 season having scored once in 26 appearances as the side finished fifth.

In 2006, he moved on to Standard Liege, signing a five-year contract with Belgium’s sleeping giants. In his just his second year with the club, he ousted Portugal legend Sergio Conceicao from the starting 11 with impressive performances from the bench.

Defour’s performances earned him the Belgian Golden Shoe award in 2007 for the best player in the division.

In the 2007/08 season, he led the Reds to their first league title in 25 years, before proving pivotal once more as Standard retained the title the following season.

Defour was on the radar of several English clubs and after breaking his foot in 2009, he received a letter from then Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson wishing him well in his recovery.

After a potential move to England was halted by injury, Portuguese Champions Porto came calling in August 2011, marking the end of his first spell in Belgium. Defour helped Porto retain the Primeira Liga in his first season, making 37 appearances.

During his time at Estadio do Dragao the midfielder made 111 appearances, including 18 in the Champions League.

A controversial return to Belgium then followed in 2014 in the shape of a move to Anderlecht, Standard Liege’s most fierce rivals.

 

Defour stayed for two years before finally making a long sought-after move to the Premier League with the Clarets, starting 16 league games in the 2016/17 season as he adjusted to English football and Burnley’s style of football as they sought to gain a foothold in the top division.

A favourite of the fans, he was, though, responsible for two of the Turf Moor highlights of the season with outstanding goals against Hull City and Bristol City.

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