Burnley complete Trippier deal

Trippier had been on a season-long loan at Burnley and has now

agreed a three-and-a-half-year contract to stay at Turf Moor. He

has made 29 appearances for the Clarets this season and manager

Eddie Howe is delighted Trippier has agreed to become part of the

Championship club’s long-term plans. “We are absolutely delighted

to have Kieran on board,” Howe told the club’s official website.

“He has been a really huge part of our team, how we have played

this year and how we want to go forward. “He has just got better

and better and I can’t speak highly enough of him as a person and

as a footballer. “In the majority of cases, whenever we take loan

players it’s with a view to taking them permanently because I think

that’s the best way to use the loan system. “The only debate was

whether Manchester City were prepared to let him go. That was

always going to be a sticking point, so we are absolutely delighted

to get him.” Howe added: “The fact Kieran wants to come here on a

long-term deal means it’s a two-way thing. “We are equally

delighted that he wants to be here and pledge his long-term future

to us. That speaks very highly of what we are trying to do and how

others see us. “It’s positive news on a lot of fronts and another

part of the jigsaw and I am sure everyone connected with the club

will be delighted at the news.”