James Tarkowski Explains Decision to Reject New Burnley Contract

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James Tarkowski has rejected a new contract offer at Burnley, according to Matt Law of the Telegraph. The 27-year-old is wanting to take back control of his own career, after the club denying him a summer move.

During the transfer window, the defender stated his intentions of playing European football and for England. He also felt that being at Burnley was hindering his chances for international selection.

Burnley Dealt Big Blow With James Tarkowski Turning Down New Contract

Burnley Proposed a Contract That Was ‘Nowhere Near’ Good Enough

With contract talks failing to benefit either party, Burnley may be pressurised into selling the 27-year-old, rather than losing him for free.

He told The Telegraph: “There is nothing I have heard or has been put to me that makes me think there is a scenario in which I would sign a new contract. Burnley offered me a contract near the start of last season, which, for me, personally, it was nowhere near what I was going to sign and I think the club understood. And they’ve come back again this year, and still, for me, it’s just not right.

“That can change, but currently, that is the situation.”

Where Next for James Tarkowski?

James Tarkowski was subject to a great deal of speculation during the last transfer window, but nothing materialised. Leicester City and West Ham United both saw bids rejected by Burnley, who were holding out for an offer in the region of £45 million.

Since their rejected bid, the Foxes have signed 19-year-old defender Wesley Fofana, in a fee around the £35 million mark. It subsequently means that their interest in Tarkowski has been put on hold.

However, it seems that West Ham could make another move for Englishman in January. The Hammers failed to address their centre-back situation during the summer, and Tarkowski may once again be targeted.

Big Blow for Already Suffering Burnley

Burnley have started the season poorly, accumulating just the two points in seven games. Additionally, the Clarets have tricky visits to Manchester City and Arsenal, before hosting high-flying Everton in their next four games.

Therefore, Tarkowski’s contract situation is an added pressure in an increasingly difficult time for the Lancashire club.

 

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