By Nnamdi Onyeagwara

2nd Jul, 2022 | 7:10am

Burnley announce the signing of defender Egan-Riley from Manchester City

Burnley have announced the free signing of exciting 19-year-old centre-back CJ Egan-Riley from champions Manchester City.

It is new manager Vincent Kompany’s third signing of the summer and according to reports, a signing directly requested by him.

Egan-Riley signed a three-year deal at Turf Moor at the expiry of his Man City contract and will join the Clarets for pre-season.

Burnley’s website said on the transfer: “Burnley Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of CJ Egan-Riley on a three-year deal from Manchester City.

“Egan-Riley has represented England at every level from U15-U19 and featured for Pep Guardiola’s side in the Premier League, UEFA Champions League, and Carabao Cup last season.

“The 19-year-old becomes Vincent Kompany’s and Burnley’s third signing of the summer transfer window.”

Egan-Riley buzzing to be here

The Manchester-born defender can play in multiple positions along the line, being deployed as a centre-back or a full-back during his time at the club.

He made his debuts for the club in the community shield, the Champions League and the Premier League but was unfortunately never able to consolidate a spot for himself in the first team.

The defender, who is also eligible to represent Republic of Ireland, also captained the U18s and U23s while playing for the Citizens.

Burnley’s new prodigy has also featured several times at youth international level playing for the England U15, 16, 17, 18 and 19 teams as well as Irish youth teams and revealed his excitement to be joining the club in an interview on the club website.

He said: “I’ve watched Vincent Kompany since I was a young player, and I am looking forward to taking in all the teachings and learnings he can give me.

“I am quite an intelligent player, comfortable in possession and making things happen but on the flip side, I like to do my job and keep the ball from going in our net.

“I am just ready to kick on and get started ahead of the pre-season and the season ahead.”

In other Burnley news, the Clarets have also signed Callum West from Macclesfield.