Clarets boss Sean Dyche has brushed off stories of Danny Ings’ weekend trip to Spain - joking the top-scorer brought him back a nice present!
Ings flew to meet up with David Moyes and discuss a switch to Real Sociedad when his contract expires in the summer.
And Dyche, asked about the visit, smiled: “You know the hats and the donkeys you used to get back the 70s, which my folks used to bring back and tell me they were fantastic - he brought me one of them, which I thought was a nice gesture.”
On a serious note, Dyche has no issue about Ings using his right to speak to interested parties from abroad: “There is no concern from me. I have said all along, his performances make it quite obvious he is enjoying his football.
“He looks relaxed. One of the biggest things I have said to him for the last two years I have been here, other than tactical pointers, is smile and enjoy your football and there’s no reason why he shouldn’t do that.
“That’s when he’s at his best I feel and I think he’s doing that now.”
Ings has been tipped for a call up for the England squad to face Italy next month, alongside Spurs’ Harry Kane and former Claret Charlie Austin.
Dyche admitted last week in Express Sport he feels Ings merits the recognition, and added: “I can’t speak for the others but Danny has certainly put himself on the map.
“His progress in the Premier League shows that and I can only imagine that the powers-that-be in the England set-up will take that seriously.
“I think he is a valuable player in the future for England and I would imagine they are at least keeping tabs on what Danny is doing at full international level.
“I know Gareth (Southgate) does anyway. He speaks to me and goes to watch him and I think his messages to the top will be one that he should certainly be considered.
“He is progressing, there is no two ways about that. He works hard and is a great lad to work with.”
And ahead of Saturday’s game at Chelsea, Dyche doesn’t doubt Ings’ commitment: “I have no reason to doubt his thoughts about Burnley Football Club and what we’re doing. You tell that by his performances.
“He has been terrific all week in training and certainly looks ready to play. It’s just the reality of the business.”