Ings set for Burnley exit
Published 17/05/2015 | 13:06
Burnley manager Sean Dyche admits striker Danny Ings is unlikely to be at the club next season.
The 22-year-old striker is out of contract in the summer and with the Clarets heading for the Sky Bet Championship following relegation last week, Ings is set for pastures new.
Manchester United and Real Sociedad have both been linked with moves for the England Under-21 striker who has scored 10 goals in his maiden Barclays Premier League campaign.
Ings was desperate to make that 11 during Saturday's 0-0 draw with Stoke in what looks certain to be his Turf Moor swansong, but he was denied on three separate occasions by Potters keeper Jack Butland.
Dyche does not expect to have Ings at his disposal as he plots an instant return to the Premier League next season, but the Clarets boss takes great pride in the role he has played in Ings' development.
"I don't think I need to say too much, he has done that himself, not with his words but with his actions, certainly in the last two seasons," Dyche said in the post-match press conference of his side's final home game of the season.
"When I got here he was a developing player, still learning, still improving but there was still a lot of work to be done with him. He has accepted it, ran with it and moved forward and that's all you can ask for with players.
"It's good to see his development. It looks like it is not going to continue with us, but I think we have played a big part in how he has moved forward."
Dyche added on the club's official website: "You can never give 100 per cent guarantees.
"It's probable that was a farewell from Danny though. The sounds coming out of him and his agent make it probably that we will be going elsewhere.
"There is a kind of message going out that they will be looking for pastures now. That's sometimes happens in football and every player has the right to run their contract down if they want to, so we will see what happens in the summer."