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Burnley boss Dyche defends sale of Heaton to Aston Villa

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has defended the sale of Tom Heaton to Aston Villa.

The Clarets captain has moved to Villa Park in a deal worth £8 million as he entered the final 12 months of his Turf Moor deal.

“Tom has been a terrific servant to the club, as an individual, for the team and for the fans," said Dyche.

“He was a real ambassador around the place.

“Quite simply a situation arose this summer, where he is in the final year of his contract, there was contact from Aston Villa and I believe he has been offered a very good contract for him and his family.

“And there is a business model at Burnley Football Club, which everyone has come to understand.

“It's a very good fee for a very good player, but who is 33 with 10 months left on a contract, which has to be balanced up."

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