'It wasn't serious': 24-year-old playmaker rubbishes Burnley transfer links

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Majeed Ashimeru has played down rumours of a reunion with former Anderlecht coach Vincent Kompany at Burnley, telling Le Soir that that speculation linking him with a move to England wasn’t ‘serious’. 

After the former Manchester City captain was confirmed as Sean Dyche’s replacement at Turf Moor, it didn’t take long before some of the most exciting talent in the Jupiler League were being tipped to follow in his footsteps. 

And while there was truth to reports linking Josh Cullen, Vitinho, Samuel Bastien and Manuel Benson with the Lancashire outfit, Burnley’s alleged interest in Ghana international Ashimeru, it seems, was a little wide of the mark. 

Football Ghana claimed in June that the Clarets boss is a ‘big admirer’ of the 24-year-old playmaker. 

A £1.3 million signing from Red Bull Salzburg, Ashimeru shone under Kompany at Anderlecht, helping the club finish third in the table while securing European qualification for 2022/23. 

“I sent (Kompany) a message when he left Anderlecht and he replied to me. I really didn’t see his departure coming,” Ashimeru explains. 

“Rumours about my supposed move to Burnley? I heard that too, but it wasn’t really serious. I, myself, had to reassure my father when he called me after a friend told him I was leaving for England.” 

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Ashimeru is not the only Jupiler League star to pull back the curtain on those Burnley links. Makhtar Gueye, a 6ft 4ins centre-forward leading the line for KV Oostende, spoke to the media over the weekend while refuting claims that the he has held talks over a potential £4 million move to Turf Moor. 

“I haven’t had any contact with Burnley yet. Nobody has called me and my real estate agent hasn’t talked to me about it yet!” the striker quips.  

“I haven’t received a phone call yet. I only spoke to (Kompany) once. After Anderlecht vs Oostende (last season), when he congratulated me on my performance.  

“I dream of a big competition, without having a real preference. It just has to be a team with a nice project. Even a Belgian team is possible. Why not? There are a lot of big clubs here.” 

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