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Burnley boss Sean Dyche has spoken out about his admiration for Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips – who he tried to sign two years ago.
Dyche was eager to bring Phillips to Turf Moor in 2019, but the Clarets board at the time was not prepared to accept Leeds’ award for the player.
Phillips has since continued to prove himself in the Premier League and played a key role for England this summer as they reached the final of Euro 2020.
The 25-year-old is expected to line up for Leeds against Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday, and ahead of the match Dyche said: “I thought he was a very good player then and I think he is a very good player now. He has evolved since then and continues to do so, so fair play for him.
“Your scouts are out there gathering information, they are rushing around, and sometimes you are spotted. He was one for me, I do not think my staff liked him that much, but I was strong towards him.
“I was pretty strong on one and I thought he would have been a good acquisition for us, but we could not do it. The president at the time would not put the money in that it would have required. Unfortunately, he was out of our price range.
“It simply came to our notice then. He’s a player I thought could continue to improve, and he has.
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“I liked him then and I like him now, I think he is a very good player who has shown it. It does not need me to say it, and he has shown it. ”
Dyche wants Ashley Westwood and Matej Vydra back in their squad against Leeds.
Both players missed the defeat in Liverpool and the penalty shootout in Newcastle in the Carabao Cup with toe and groin problems respectively.
Aaron Lennon will also be available against his former club, having signed again for Burnley in time to play at St James’ Park on Wednesday night – where he came out just before the hour mark.
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