Defour reveals how he pushed for Clarets switch

Defour reveals how he pushed for Clarets switch

Steven Defour has revealed how he pushed for his move to Burnley when Anderlecht suddenly increased their asking price in the summer.

Defour was stunned by the behaviour of his former club in demanding a substantial fee for him when he had cost them just 6million euros from Porto and had been unable to help them win the title during his two seasons in Brussels.

Defour is happy with how the £8million move has worked out and says he has joined "a very supportive team" in Burnley.

He said: "I understand that the club wanted it's money, but 7m [euros]? Even for a club like Al-Jazeera [who originally wanted him], it was complicated.

"Then Burnley came on to the scene but Anderlecht still made things difficult. As the English clubs have more money, I had to cost more. Al Jazeera finally agreed to pay 7 million but all of a sudden they had to pay it at once... I then said to [Anderlecht chairman Herman] Van Holsbeeck, 'Herman, I absolutely want to go, I have a good proposal, I want to go to Burnley'."

The 28-year-old midfielder is enjoying his football at Turf Moor since making the switch from Anderlecht in the summer and has recently returned to the Belgian national set-up.

Defour says he is happy to be in a dressing room with "no stars" after being made to feel like the "culprit" in Belgium.

In an interview with Humo, he said: "Here there are no stars. This is something I've never known.. either at Standard, or Porto or Anderlecht.

"I landed in an environment where there is no prejudice about me. Anderlecht missed the title two seasons in a row, and who was the culprit? Me. I can understand that since I was the most expensive player in Belgium. But I cannot do everything alone."

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