Burnley boss Sean Dyche has praised the impact of tough tackling midfielder Joey Barton and believes that the player will stay at Turf Moor beyond the summer according to the Lancashire Telegraph.

The 33 year old midfielder is out of contract in the summer and talks over a new deal have not yet commenced with the player.

Barton has played a key role in Burnley’s chase for promotion this season after making 35 appearances for the club to date, scoring twice and Burnley Manager Sean Dyche has paid tribute to the player.

“He’s a good player, he’s enjoying what he does here. He’s been good for us and it’s been good for him,” Dyche told the Lancashire Telegraph.

“It’s a win-win at the moment, he wants to be thirsty for more and so do we. We’ll look at that when we need to.”

“He’s in such a good place with us, there’s a mutual respect that’s quite evident. There’s no worries about that. He’s fine.”

“He’s enjoying it, that’s where it lives.”

“He’s playing well, he’s affecting the group, the group are having him, he’s enjoying them, enjoying the club and what we offer.”

Burnley dropped out of the Championship automatic promotion places this evening as promotion rivals Brighton & Hove Albion recorded a 5-0 home victory over Fulham. The Clarets must record a result at Birmingham City on Saturday afternoon to move back into the top two.

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