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Burnley manager acknowledges rumors, rules out sale of center back to Chelsea

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As Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill continue their steady decline every time they step on the pitch, the rumor mill continues to link Chelsea with various center backs both in England and in Italy. Some of the more realistic ones (i.e. the non-Bonucci, non-Koulibaly ones) claim that the Blues (alongside a few others like Leicester City) are looking to acquire young Burnley center back Michael Keane.

In light of the rumours linking one of his best players to an exit from Turf Moor, manager Sean Dyche claimed that 'Keano' remains focused on his task with his current club, and is not available for sale.

"It's just life at Burnley. It's that balance of respect that people recognise some of our players but also were we're not activity selling players. 'Keano' has been really clear-minded through the summer. He is not for sale."

-Sean Dyche; Source: Daily Mail

Strong words from the manager, but these thing can often change pretty quickly once all the money starts flying. Keane did reject all possible interest in the summer, but loyalty can be rather malleable ... if the price right, of course. And while in this case, just as has become the trend in recent seasons, the price may be outrageous (£25m or so), it would probably still be less than most other future transfer targets at center back.