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Chelsea transfer target happy at Burnley, willing to wait for Champions League chance

The 23-year-old center back's set to be a hot topic in the rumor mill.

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A promising young prospect got fed up waiting for his chance at a big club, left for a bit of spare change after a series of loans, now turns out to be good enough to be back on the radar of big clubs.  That's a familiar story that could be written about any number of Chelsea prospects and loanees.  This one though concerns a Manchester United kid, namely Michael Keane.

You might remember Keane, then just 19, from the goal-fest that was Chelsea's fourth round win over Ferguson's Manchester United in the 2012-13 League Cup, for being the non-calamitous one of the two visiting center backs.  That would be his last appearance for United for almost two years, going on loan to three different Championship sides in the meantime.  Under Van Gaal he got a couple more look-ins, but was eventually loaned out to Burnley in 2014 who made his signing permanent just a few months later in January 2015.

Since then, Keane has firmly established himself in the Burnley starting eleven, being instrumental in their promotion campaign last season and also apparently impressing so far this season — though I don't recall him doing anything special at all in the 3-0 loss at Stamford Bridge.

In any case, Keane's being linked with a couple teams at the moment, namely Leicester City (who were supposedly in for him this summer) and Chelsea who might consider a January move.  At least that's what the Guardian claim.

For what's it worth, the 23-year-old claims he's happy to stay where he is, at least for now.

"It's flattering when teams like Leicester come in but I am really happy here. The fans have been brilliant with me here, as have the manager and players. It's great when teams like that come in but I am quite happy. I won't be looking at Leicester in the Champions League thinking: ‘That could have been me' because I tend to think what will be, will be. Hopefully at some time in the future I will get to that level anyway. Leicester have done brilliantly and I will be supporting them because I was there on loan [in 2012-13] but I'm not disappointed I am not there."

-Michael Keane; source: Guardian

Whether Chelsea will be interested is another matter, though with fresh rumors of squad overhauls and whatnot floating about, spending £25m on a promising homegrown center back may not be the worst thing, even with the likes of Christensen and Zouma coming back into the fold.

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