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EFL Championship: Burnley and Matej Vydra Go Their Separate Ways

Football striker Matej Vydra parted ways with Burnley. The Clarets have been demoted as the player carried on with his rehabilitation from rupturing a cruciate knee ligament, forcing him out of the last four games of the previous season. The Czech Republic international’s contract came to a close at the end of June while the club continued to discuss a new deal, which Vydra might not particularly be pleased with. 

At the beginning of August, Vydra was back at Burnley, being assessed by physios and meeting with his new boss Vincent Kompany. Earlier this week, the player had another meeting with his surgeon in London to evaluate his progress after the assessment.

Top of the range professor Andy Williams was rather surprised by the results, the same man who tended to, and helped heal the likes of John Terry, Andrew Flintoff, Michael Owen, Lawrence Dallaglio, Shoaib Akhtar, and Theo Walcott, said Vydra’s progress is a month ahead of schedule. The player is targeting a comeback around the turn of the year. 

With other clubs checking in on his development, there has been no breakthrough over his contract. Vydra would like to stay with the club, but not with its current offers. Due to a rental contract with England, he will return to his home in the Czech Republic to continue his recovery. The contract runs until the middle of this month.

Bidding farewell 

Vydra had a few words to part with, “I would like to say farewell to my amazing fans, who have supported me throughout my time in Burnley FC.” said the player on Instagram. He added how lucky he feels to have experienced being part of a family through the club, praising his teammates and the excellent support from doctors and physiotherapists who have helped him with his injury. 

Vydra has done his best to play to his full potential and has said he isn’t afraid to take risks for his team. Not even towards the end of his contract. It’s part of the character that he embodies, which is to help his team win at any cost. Unfortunately, he was severely injured during his match against Watford. The club has been relegated to the Championship since.

“Yesterday, I went to see my brilliant surgeon, Andy Williams, who was very pleased with my recovery. I’m ahead of the estimated recovery time and was told I could soon be on the field again. Negotiations with the club were minimal; I received one offer I could not accept. I wish the club and fans a great season and the best of luck”.

What sealed the player’s ₤11 million move to Burnley and a place among favourites with fans and football bookmakers in the first place were his 21 goals, which he’d netted over 40 games. That was the last time he played in the second tier when he was a top goal scorer with Derby for the Championship.

Further comments  

Kompany was asked about the situation, and this is what he had to say, “I know prior to me coming to the club there were discussions, and the player and the club has discussions, and the agent and the club, and the rest, which is more important, is his injury is healing well, his recovery is going well.”

Kompany continued to add that the normal thing to do would be for the club to offer a contract where Vydra was allowed to remain until he was completely healed and fit enough to play again. No one disputes Vydras’ talent. However, it is between himself and the discussions he’s had with the club that will determine the outcome. 

One of Matej Vydra’s victories to note this year was on April 24, when he scored the first goal for his team during the Premier League match between Burnley and Wolverhampton Wanderers, at Turf Moor, in Burnley, England. Kompany has no doubts that Vydra will land on his feet, regardless of how things go with the English club.

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