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Mee boosts Clarets ahead of Euro test

By Robert Jones

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has seen another of his key players commit to the club with defender Ben Mee signing a new three-year contract.

The 28-year-old has made 248 appearances for the Clarets since joining from Manchester City, initially on loan in 2011 and then permanently the following summer.

He had 12 months still to run on his deal but is now tied to the Clarets until June 2021, with the option of a further 12 months.

Mee has been one of the mainstays of Dyche's side during their Premier League campaigns and follows right-back Matt Lowton in signing a new contract.

Originally deployed at left-back, Mee, a former England Under-21 international, has established himself as an impressive and consistent centre-back in recent seasons.

He is the club's second-longest-serving player after fellow defender Kevin Long and captained the side for the majority of last season in the absence of the injured Tom Heaton.

Goalkeeper Joe Hart and defender Ben Gibson are both eligible to make their Burnley debuts in tonight's Europa League third qualifying round first leg away to Istanbul Basaksehir.

However, striker Matej Vydra is not yet registered after his move from Derby.

Manager Dyche could opt not to play his strongest team in Turkey.

The Clarets are away to Southampton in the Premier League opener on Sunday.

Hart could make an immediate start - with fellow England internationals Heaton and Nick Pope both injured - although Anders Lindegaard may keep his place from the previous round.

The game is Burnley's first European match outside of Britain since 1967, having beaten Aberdeen in extra time last week.

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