At one time during the summer transfer window, Burnley were attempting to sign Hertha BSC striker Dodi Lukebakio.
The forward was available for transfer, and Vincent Kompany, a Belgian himself, wanted to keep building his Clarets squad with players he knew in order to escape relegation from the Premier League following a surprise promotion.
Despite interest from Burnley, Lukebakio, 25, signed for Sevilla in Spain, a choice he outlined in an interview with Marca on Tuesday.
While Sevilla did not have the best La Liga season in 2022-23, they more than made up for it in the Europa League, winning the championship in a tense final against José Mourinho’s AS Monaco.
Marca questions the player directly about Premier League interest, which we all know included Burnley, and his decision to move to Spain.
“Because they showed interest,” he said, “and when a club like Sevilla shows interest, you have to listen.” Then we spoke a lot. You don’t have to think too hard since they are a great club, and that’s what I want to do: play to show myself and grow as a young player. It was not difficult to decide on Sevilla.
“During our conversation, I was watching a lot of YouTube videos, such as when they won the last Europa League, and I also saw that the situation wasn’t easy last year, especially in the first half of the season.” There was also interest in January, and I have been keeping an eye on Sevilla. Not everything, but I do know a lot about Sevilla. I’m a big football fan.”
Lukebakio has only appeared in one 29-minute cameo for Sevilla since his arrival, which he made the most of by scoring the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over Las Palmas.