Contract talks can wait - Michael Duff

Clarets defender Michael Duff admits it is safety first, before discussing his Burnley future.

Clarets defender Michael Duff admits it is safety first, before discussing his Burnley future.

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Clarets defender Michael Duff admits it is safety first, before discussing his Burnley future.

The 37-year-old was awarded a testimonial two weeks ago, in his 11th season with the club.

I’d rather just focus on staying in the league, and we’ll take it from there

Michael Duff

Duff’s contract is up at the end of the campaign, but he admits he hasn’t even considered what lies ahead, beyond trying to keep the Clarets in the Premier League.

Of the senior professionals, Danny Ings is the most high-profile player out of contract in the summer, while Dean Marney, Ross Wallace and Steven Reid’s deals are also up.

But Duff feels there are bigger fish to fry at the moment, as he focuses on trying to stay up, with Burnley one point adrift of safety, going into their final eight games of the season: “I don’t think anything will be discussed yet, but I have no thoughts about retiring.

“We don’t know which division we will be in, and I can’t speak for anyone else, but I’ve not even mentioned a contract to anyone else, not even my agent.

“I’d rather just focus on staying in the league, and we’ll take it from there.”

Burnley have had a mini training camp in Spain this week, during the international break, with the league campaign resuming a week on Sunday when Tottenham Hotspur come to Turf Moor for a televised 1-30 p.m. kick-off.