The Czech forward’s contract expired this summer but the forward and the Clarets remained locked in negotiations, with the relegated side attempting to keep him at Turf Moor despite the fact he remains out injured.
He suffered a ruptured cruciate ligament injury in the latter stages of April and is yet to return, having spent the rest of the last season and the whole of pre-season in his recovery phase as the 30-year-old battles back from this serious setback.
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According to the Burnley Express, the experienced forward is set to make a full recovery from his knee injury at around the start of 2023, potentially giving him half a season to try and get Vincent Kompany’s side back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
Despite engaging in negotiations though, Vydra was unhappy with the terms he was offered and with the Clarets seemingly unwilling to put together a more attractive package for the 30-year-old, the two sides have decided to sever ties.
It has now been revealed that other clubs have been looking at him as a potential option, though it remains to be seen whether he signs with another side until he returns to full fitness.
This is a promising sign for the forward who will be hoping to secure a move sooner rather than later despite sustaining such a serious setback.
You have to feel sorry for him – because this injury came at the worst possible time with his contract coming to an end and considering his age, this may be his final opportunity to get a long-term contract elsewhere.
However, it remains to be seen whether a club take a chance on him on a three or four-year deal considering the nature of his injury – because some players aren’t the same after having a setback like that.
At this stage, a move to the Championship may be more realistic than a top-flight return but that may not be a bad thing for the 30-year-old who was previously prolific in the second tier with Watford.
He does seem to be reasonably settled in England, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if a Championship side does take a chance on him during the winter period. He may only be offered short deals though, something he will need to brace himself for.