Clarets boss Sean Dyche has revealed Jason Shackell was “money-motivated” to return to Derby County.
The Burnley captain agreed a three-year deal with the Rams yesterday, three years after making the opposite move, with the Clarets banking in excess of £3m for a player they paid £1.1m for.
In an ideal world, Dyche would not have wanted to lose the 31-year-old, especially after seeing Kieran Trippier and Danny Ings leave this summer, but explained that Shackelln simply didn’t want to play for the club anymore: “You can safeguard to a degree but if a player decides ‘That’s it, I’m not willing to work how you work, don’t want to be part of it’, which Jason Shackell made a decision on, well then they’re no use to you.
“They have to be involved in what you do, they have to be motivated in what you do, they have to be motivated for the club and what it stands for.
“Jason had just made a decision it was time for him to move to pastures new. A big part of that was the finance involved and that is the reality of the game now.
“The clubs who throw huge amounts of sums to players often get their players.
“We still feel we’re very competitive in the market, I must make it clear. We think we’re paying good sums of money to the right players, including our own players who have done well for us.”
Burnley rebuffed an initial bid of £1.5m rising to £2m, and at least two further offers, before Derby went well over the £3m barrier, and Dyche added: “There’d been an approach a few weeks ago and Jason made it clear to me the finance on offer was too much for him to refuse.
“It’s beyond the levels of what we feel are appropriate for our football club, and our model has moved forward considerably.
“I was told Derby are paying record contracts to some players for their situation. Bearing in mind they’ve been a Premier League club in the past they must be offering really large contracts to people.
“There comes a time when as long as we get what we think is appropriate then we would - not necessarily willingly, because he’s been a good player and a good servant to us - but he’s an older wiser pro who feels he couldn’t refuse the money.
“He was very money-motivated to go there. That’s when the challenge gets too high for us.
“We’ve got a way of working, the board want me to work in a certain manner under certain guidelines which are understandable for a club that two years ago had to sell a player. It’s a whole different situation now.”
Dyche only wants players who want to be a part of what he and the squad are trying to achieve, and he insisted: “There are still competitors out there, they still want to be in the Premier League, we’ve managed to be in the Premier League twice out of the last five years, so we feel we’re still strong with our mentality and our beliefs.
“As a town, as a club, we have a one club mentality. We’ll be there ready to fight again ready to be in the Premier League, make no mistake.
“Jason was very highly motivated by the money on offer from Derby. Of course we’re not naive, there has to be a financial motivation for most players, but we feel the motivation has to be at the club, play for the club and the demands of the club. I’m a very demanding manager and I need the players to be as demanding as me and he felt it was time to not be that, or not for this club.
“We think the fee is a very high fee for that player and we were strong enough to make sure it was on our terms and not on anyone else’s terms.”