Sean Dyche has described the situation surround Ben Gibson as ‘unique’.
It was revealed that the 27-year-old is training with former club Middlesbrough after a fall out with current club Burnley.
The centre-back is way down the pecking order at Turf Moor after making just one Premier League appearance in over 18 months with the Clarets.
Gibson was hoping to secure a move away from the club in the January transfer window but that failed to materialise.
As a result, Burnley confirmed their stance on the situation by letting him train with his hometown club – something which Dyche believes is a solution that suits all parties.
As quoted by Lancashire Live, Dyche said: “There were a few stories out about that but it wasn’t like that at all, it was just a situation that arose. We talked it through and that is the decision that was made.
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“The club put a statement out and I am happy with that statement. Any details will be kept private as we like to do”It is just a situation where players want one thing and that doesn’t always work. It is just the way it goes, it is quite a unique situation.
“It is one of those situations that will remain private until we choose for it not to be private.
“He is a Burnley player and is a contracted Burnley player.”
Asked if it’s been a difficult situation to manage, Dyche said: “Not overly difficult, it is just a unique situation but it is part of what I do.
“I have been in management long enough to know that there are things and situations that occur that need managing one way or the other and I think has a collective the club has managed it to the situation we feel is appropriate.”
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The situation regarding Ben Gibson is a very strange one indeed.
The 27-year-old is renowned for being a model professional however what’s going on at Burnley certainly suggests that something has gone on behind the scenes.
Gibson was determined to secure a move away from the Clarets in January but for whatever reason that didn’t materialise.
It remains to be seen what will happen next, but surely the best thing would be to sanction a summer exit for the player.