Vincent Kompany waiting to see if Premier League suitors swoop for Burnley pair

Burnley boss Vincent Kompany admits he is playing a waiting game on Maxwell Cornet and Dwight McNeil, who have both been linked with Premier League moves.

The Ivory Coast striker is attracting interest from a number of Premier League clubs but a transfer has yet to materialise ahead of Burnley's Championship season-opener against Huddersfield on Friday night.

Cornet is training with the club but will not be considered against the Terriers due to his physical condition.

Kompany said: "He is one of them that I have had to manage. At the moment he is at the club. Is he ready to play on Friday? No.

"But that is a physical level. But we can't have players on the wage bill and not have them play.

"If next week he is still here and nothing has developed then we are going to have to look at integrating him at least into the matchday process."

It is the same situation for Dwight McNeil, who has also been linked with a move away from Turf Moor following Burnley's relegation from the Premier League.

Dwight McNeil of Burnley

"Dwight is another one, there has been a lot of conversations happening behind the scenes and those happen at a club level," Kompany added. "It is one of those we will have to see how it develops."

If Cornet and McNeil do depart they will join an exodus this summer that has seen a host of established players leave the club, with the likes of Nick Pope, Nathan Collins and Ben Mee all moving on.

That has seen a big overhaul of Kompany's squad in his first few weeks in the job and that is why the Belgian is warning it might take time for the Clarets to enjoy success.

Vincent Kompany

"There are loads of reasons to be positive. But I don't want to get out of the way of the reality," he said.

"The starting point for us is that we have lost and released a whole bunch of players who were the core of this team for many, many years.

"All the success associated with this club, many of those players have gone. We are trying to replace them with the restrictions that everyone knows.

"That is the job I signed up for. For me to come and tell you we are going to have the best performance ever on Friday, I hope so but it has to be a more long-term planning.

"I want to be really direct with this. I have painted the picture. I want everyone to be clear this is what I signed up for, so it is not a surprise.

"There is a part of it that we have lost a huge core of the team without really making money, the idea is that we find players that suit the system and the way we want to play and we grow with them.

"We build foundations and to be healthy again, because this club has been healthy for many years."

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