Burnley strike duo Jay Rodriguez and Matej Vydra have extended their Burnley contracts until 2022.
Rodriguez and Vydra Latest Burnley Players to Extend Turf Moor Stay
CONTRACTS | Jay Rodriguez and Matej Vydra sign up until June, 2022. ✍️🤩https://t.co/G3oTwHP8Zt
— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) November 25, 2020
Rodriguez: ‘I’m Proud to Have My Hometown Club in the Premier League’
The forwards are the latest Burnley players to extend their stay at Turf Moor. Captain Ben Mee recently signed for at least a further 12 months until the end of the 2021/22 season.
Midfielder Ashley Westwood also signed a new contract at the start of this season.
31-year-old Rodriguez, who was born in Burnley, is in his second spell at the club, after signing from West Bromwich Albion in July last year.
He spoke of his pride at playing for his hometown club:
“I’m really pleased. I’ve enjoyed my time here with a great bunch of lads and, obviously, being in my home town with my family and friends is an added bonus.
“With all the facilities here it’s a lot easier to look after yourself and feel fresh for each training session and each game and long may it continue. I will just keep giving 100 per cent.
“I’m proud to have my hometown club in the Premier League and competing against the best.
“It’s where you want to be. We know it’s going to be hard work each year.”
Rodriguez scored 11 goals last season, as he helped the club record only its second top-10 finish in the Premier League.
Vydra Happy With Extension but Agent Calls it ‘Unpleasant Surprise’
Vydra has been a less frequent member of manager Sean Dyche’s starting line-ups.
The Czech Republic international joined Burnley from Derby County in 2018. Since then he has scored just three league goals in 37 appearances.
He has come off the bench in 26 of those league games.
Speaking to the club website about the extension, Vydra said:
“It’s really good for my family to be settled and to know that we will be here for another year.
“It’s been a successful time for the club while I’ve been here, playing in Europe and doing well in the Premier League. I get on well with all my team-mates here and it’s a good group to be part of.
“I still want to play my part and that’s something I’m aiming to keep doing.”
Vydra’s agent, however, has been voicing his discontent on his company’s twitter account:
“It’s an unpleasant surprise. We knew that Burnley had an option in the contract, with better conditions for Matěj. But the club knows that we want to leave in the long run. Matěj needs to play regularly and he won’t get it at Burnley.
“The decision to exercise the option is very frustrating.”
Burnley’s next match is against Manchester City on November 28.
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