As has been widely predicted, Ireland midfielder Jeff Hendrick is leaving Burnley.
Hendrick's contract at Turf Moor expires next Tuesday and the Dubliner was omitted from the 20-man squad that Sean Dyche saw get hammered 5-0 by Man City last night. It's been confirmed today by reporters in the UK and Ireland that Hendrick won't play another game with the club.
Hendrick's exit comes at a time of general upheaval at Burnley. Aaron Lennon has rejected a short term contract from Burnley and there's uncertainty about Phil Bardsley's contract situation.
Last night on Sky Sports, Dyche sounded highly frustrated with his board's approach to players with expiring contracts.
"We’ve got some things going which are hard to put together at the moment, with contracts and things like that, so we’re a bit skinny on numbers.
"So the players, therefore, who haven’t been offered things have made the decision to not finish their contracts as such, even if it’s the next ten days.
"It’s been tough. It’s been tough on the group, and tough on the situation for us."
In leaving Turf Moor, Hendrick will leave behind his close friend and teammate Robbie Brady. He joined the club from Derby in 2016 and scored nine goals in 122 appearances with the club.
All eyes will be on his next move, with reports that both AC Milan and Roma are interested in signing him.
He leaves behind this screamer from the 2016 as a goal to be remembered by.
Let’s start a #GoalChain. 🔗
Post a goal scored against another club, then they do the same, no club can be in the chain twice! ⚽
1. Here’s Jeff Hendrick's wonder strike from 2016 against @afcbournemouth. 💥
Over to you, Cherries. 🍒 pic.twitter.com/XtnA0fLQ0u
— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) March 17, 2020