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Burnley boss Sean Dyche plays down talk of Steven Defour moving to China

Burnley boss Sean Dyche insists he has no issue with Steven Defour despite the Belgium midfielder intimating he would not be averse to a big-money move to China.

Defour scored a stunning goal in Saturday's 2-0 FA Cup win over Bristol City but expressed some frustration after the game, saying he would "have to think" about any prospective offer.

The 28-year-old moved to Turf Moor in a £7.5million deal from Anderlecht in the summer but has previously expressed disappointment with his relative lack of game time.

Dyche said: "I've only just found about his comments but they've got to say something and we all know the realities - they put one word out of place and people try to make a story out of it.

"I think it's fair to say he is going along well here and enjoying his football. He scored a fantastic goal on Saturday and he has certainly not mentioned anything to me about playing further afield."

Burnley continue to be linked with a £13million deal for Norwich midfielder Robbie Brady before the end of the transfer window but Dyche refused to go into any specifics regarding his transfer business.

He added: "I've said all along that we're a team and a club that is looking to add players that we think can take us forward, and not get rid of them."

Three more points at home to Leicester on Tuesday night would further boost the Clarets' survival hopes at a time when their recent injury problems are beginning to ease.

Despite the loss of Dean Marney to an anterior cruciate ligament injury, both Scott Arfield and Johann Berg Gudmundsson are set to figure after making successful returns on Saturday.

In contrast to many of his top-flight rivals, Dyche was able to make eight changes to little negative effect on Saturday and is clearly determined to make the most of his squad's strength in depth.

Dyche added: "I've seen a lot of news about all the changes being made but I did make it clear that we're not playing kids here, we're playing rounded pros.

"I believe in our group and I think that has shown. I think they have been very good performances from a group of players who have been very stimulated to perform.

"We want them to perform in the cup and we want them to perform in the league when the time comes."

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