Clarets Midfielder Rejects Contract Extension

Aaron Lennon Will Leave Turf Moor When Contract Expires

Aaron Lennon has rejected a short-term extension to his contract with the Clarets and will leave Turf Moor at the end of the month, when his current contract expires. Lennon, like four of his team mates needed to sign a new short term contract by last Tuesday to extend their contracts until the end of the season, however they are now free to leave the Clarets when their contracts expire on the 30th June 2020.

Lennon, arrived at Turf Moor in the 2018 January transfer window from Everton, having previously played for Tottenham Hotspur & Leeds United. During his two and a half year contract the former England International has so far made forty-six appearances, scoring one goal for the club.

It comes as Sean Dyche showed his frustration at his perceived inaction by club’s board in not tying the players down to new short term deals. The manager criticised the board for not acting on his recommendation of addressing the contract issue sooner, the problem has been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. Jeff Hendrick, Phil Bardsley, Joe Hart and Adam Legzdins are also out of contract this summer and as yet none of the five have extended their terms.

Speaking at a club press conference this week manager Sean Dyche said, “We have four or five contract situations and we are not certain what is going to happen with those. It could be literally one game at a time because we still don’t know what is going to happen with those situations. It would be helpful if the chairman could give me some clarity. It is at the minute, a danger because nothing has been agreed, I am waiting for that situation to be taken care of. I advised many months ago, before Covid, what situations were important.

The club are not always thirsty to move things forward quickly so we have had to wait and then the Covid situation occurred which is very serious, but in the football world it has given a different feel and made it more complicated. The players all have a chance to finish their contracts at the end of June and that may occur because they have to be right for what comes next, whether that is with us or without us.”

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