Burnley boss Sean Dyche believes that his vision for Michael Keane came to fruition with the defender’s record-breaking move to Everton.
The 24-year-old moved to Goodison Park in a deal that could be worth £30million on Monday, a club-record fee paid by the Toffees.
During a successful three years at Turf Moor, the first six months of which was spent on loan from Manchester United, Keane developed into a sought-after England international and was nominated for the PFA young player of the year award last term.
Dyche, who signed Keane permanently from United for a reported fee of £2m in January 2015, says that he isn’t sad to see the defender move on to pastures new, as it is something he always predicted would happen when he had earned it.
“If there’s ever been a time in my management career when there’s something that you tell the story, or the projected future of, it was probably his story,” said the Clarets chief.
“When I first met Michael with his agent and his parents, I kind of guided him as to how I saw his future and he’s obviously played a massive part of gripping that himself, and we’ve guided him towards that.
“There comes a time for some of these players when it’s probably appropriate they move on and I think on this occasion, it is.”