Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier has told the Burnley Express that he wants to play for Sean Dyche again.
The right-back played 120 times under the charismatic Clarets boss prior to joining Spurs in 2015.
Trippier’s form has been sporadic at best this season for Mauricio Pochettino and these latest quotes might fuel speculation.
It seems unlikely that Trippier would move back to Burnley but if Dyche was to land a top job it could make things very interesting.
The 28-year-old left the Clarets following relegation to the Championship, but that didn’t harm his relationship with Dyche.
He told the Burnley Express: “I still talk to the gaffer on a regular basis and that’s the same with some of the lads.
“We were close when I was at Burnley and I would love to play for him again one day. We usually talk once every two weeks, just to keep each other updated on things.”
Trippier arrived at Burnley initially on loan from Manchester City in 2011, signing permanently the following year.
He quickly established himself a key member of the Clarets’ squad and his form eventually earned him the move to White Hart Lane.
During the summer he netted England’s opener in the World Cup semi-final against Croatia, and he credits Dyche for making him the player he is.
He continued: “He helped me a lot. I was still going out when I was younger, drinking, and I wasn’t looking after myself properly. He came in and sorted it all out.
“The gaffer was a quality manager to play for; he taught me how to become a better defender as well as a better attacker.”
After a season where he has struggled to scale the heights of the last 12 months, these comments are interesting, to say the least.
Born in Bury, these interesting comments could spark some speculation, although Burnley fans shouldn’t get too excited just yet.
He hasn’t ruled out playing for the Clarets at some point again in the future.
He said: “My career has totally changed. Burnley helped me get to where I am and I’ll never forget that.
“I’ll always be thankful to them. It would be nice to think that I could play for Burnley one day, you never know what can happen.”