JUST IN: Player reveals ‘there was an offer’ from Burnley – ‘No regrets’ over failed move to PL side

This season, the Clarets strengthened their goalkeeping unit by bringing in James Trafford from Manchester City.

Burnley looked at Butez before he arrived after losing Bart Verbruggen to Brighton & Hove Albion.

The 28-year-old had maintained he was “keen” to change clubs back in June, but a transfer never actually happened.

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The Frenchman has now provided evidence for it and clarified why his decision to remain with the Jupiler Pro League team has benefited him both personally and professionally.

“I have three more years left on my contract at Antwerp, a team that is developing and capable of

entre en la Liga de Campeones. Here, I feel comfortable. In addition, my wife is seven months along in the second pregnancy. My future ambitions benefited from such steadiness, he continued.

The goalkeeper was then asked right away if there was a chance for him to join the Premier League team. Despite the fact that his move to Turf Moor never materialized, in his response to that, he disclosed what transpired behind the scenes with Burnley.
The sporting department of Burnley, where Kompany – in accordance with the English management paradigm – has some influence, was approached with an offer of €4.5 million, and my agent spoke with them, according to Butez.

“However, as we later discovered with the selection of Trafford, I was not the only choice. Well, I don’t regret it because I know how football works, I spoke to Marc Overmars about it. We left it again for a season, next summer we’ll get the same song (laughs).”

Butez managed 27 clean sheets and conceded 42 goals from 52 matches last season, with Royal Antwerp winning their first league title after more than six decades.

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