Wout Weghorst has unfinished business with the Premier League – and Burnley

But the Dutch international believes he has unfinished business with the club and the Premier League.

It was a dream come true when the 29-year-old got the chance to play in the English top flight, signing for £12million from Wolfsburg on deadline day, as he said in February “I really wanted to play in England. That’s how I planned it once.

“The Premier League is the strongest league there is, and as a little boy I already dreamed of playing there one day.”

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CARDIFF, WALES – JUNE 08: Wout Weghorst of the Netherlands scores his team’s second goal past Adam Davies of Wales during the UEFA Nations League Group 4 match between Wales and Wales -Bas at Cardiff City Stadium on June 08, 2022 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

However, that dream turned sour when the Clarets were relegated on the final day of the season, with Weghorst ruled out for the final three games.

He was left with just two goals in 20 appearances and, with the World Cup in Qatar in November and December, Weghorst wants to play at a higher level in the Championship, with Turkish Superlig side Besiktas pushing hard for his loan signing. .

Weghorst still has three years left on his Burnley contract, however, and with Besiktas only likely to want a loan with an option to buy, rather than an obligation, he can still return to Turf Moor.

Speaking after scoring an injury-time winner for the Netherlands in the Nations League against Wales in Cardiff – where he faced Clarets team-mate Connor Roberts after the final whistle – Weghorst was quizzed on his future and whether he could stay in the Premier League: “Yes, that would be good for all of us.” It was really disappointing and unfortunately Burnley couldn’t make it happen. “My future will not be next year at Burnley.” I won’t get into the championship – not that I feel too good for it, absolutely not. “I’m just very ambitious and also for the national team team.” The coach wants us to play at a high level. “There are options for me and just a higher potential of a league than the Championship. “I have to take the risks there. “We’ll see what the future holds for us.”

He does not rule out staying in England if offers come up: “Yeah, maybe it could be a loan or even a purchase.” And on the other hand, I didn’t move to Burnley believing the whole concept. with American owners for only six months. “I could see the big picture, but we’ll see what the future holds.” For me, I feel like I haven’t finished or haven’t really succeeded in the Premier League. “I spoke with Burnley, I have a very good relationship with the owner from the beginning and always. “I believed in a different kind of thing. They always see a big role for me, and now for the championship, it’s still possible “I really hope they come straight back to the Premier League, and let’s see what the future holds.”

Sean Dyche heaped praise on Weghorst after signing, saying in his final press conference a day before parting ways with the club in April: “I think – and that’s positive, but it’s a strange thing to mention – Wout is almost too tied to the team at the minute.

“We have to get him to focus on him and his game.

“He thinks about almost everything and ‘I have to do this for the team, this for the team’, and in an honest and authentic way because that’s the type of character he is.

“But maybe it’s almost like ‘Okay, stop, stop – we have to focus on your game and how you can bring yourself to work with the team.’

“I think he’s still adjusting to that.”

And Weghorst looked back on Dyche’s departure: “Of course you think about it and consider everything in your head.” When it happened at that time, we weren’t playing well or well. “Then after a very good start (under Mike Jackson), we got some bad results.

Despite his poor form with Burnley, after a promising start Weghorst scored his third international goal in 13 appearances against Wales, showing good movement to maintain his position in the box before heading home with a cross, and he added: “I’m just a striker. who needs the balls around the box.

“It was a good attack from our side. Frenkie (de Jong) with his qualities, he actually crossed the whole pitch. He was a good cross, I got out a bit and was able to dive into it.”

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