Manchester United youngster, Richard Eckersley, left the club last month after turning down a contract extension with us to join newly promoted Burnley.

Eckersley confessed nobody really wants to leave United but had to do it to play first team football.

“United’s a dream club and nobody really wants to leave, but I wanted the chance to play first-team football and hopefully I’ll get that here at Burnley,” said Eckersley. “There was an offer on the table from United but I took up Burnley’s offer because I know I can cope with life in the Premier League. Just being around the first-team players at United every day and training with them was really special. I learnt a lot, and not just how to train. You also learn about how to go about your daily life and how to conduct yourself off the pitch. Hopefully I can apply that knowledge here.”

He is joining former Manchester United player Chris Eagles who was in the same team as Richard´s brother at United, Adam.

“I think he’s settled already,”
Eagles said. “He’s a great lad and a great player and hopefully he’ll be playing alongside me on the right side of the pitch. In training it’s been brilliant – he gives me the ball whenever I’m in space. I was excited to hear he’d signed because I played with his brother at United and I obviously know him already.”




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