Clarets Defender Set to Leave Turf Moor

Ali Koiki Looking For First Team Football Away From Turf Moor

Burnley defender Ali Koiki who turned down a new contract at Turf Moor at the end of last season is set to leave the Clarets. The youngster who can play at left back or left midfield is keen to play first team football having spent last season in the Clarets U23’s.

He featured for Swindon in Sky Bet League Two in 2018-19 and the Robins were interested in taking him back last summer but a deal could not be reached. Koiki, was not involved in Burnley’s final nine games of the Premier League season due to uncertainty over his future and has not trained with the club since the summer break.

The Clarets will be entitled to compensation should he join another club as they offered the 21-year-old a deal and he is under the age of 24. He spent time on trial with Charlton Athletic last week but the Addicks are unable to sign players for a fee at this stage due to their squad restrictions.

Sean Dyche has Charlie Taylor and Erik Pieters as senior options at left back while U23 captain Anthony Glennon is also an alternative. Speaking about his situation Ali Koiki said, “Whatever comes forward I want first team football. I am getting older and I want to make my mark on the game, the game is getting younger and younger with people coming through at younger ages so I want to make my mark on the game and develop a career.”

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