Birmingham City Women’s Abbi Jenner signs first pro deal
Birmingham City defender Abbi Jenner has signed her first professional contract to keep her at St Andrews until June 2025.
Jenner joined Blues aged eight years old, progressing through the pathway to make her First Team debut against London City Lionesses in the FA Women’s Continental Tyres League Cup back in December 2021.
She went on to make a further five appearances in the 2022/23 season, including her first start a 1-0 win at Everton in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup.
Speaking to BluesTV, Jenner expressed her pride at signing her first professional contract.
“For me personally, it’s a dream come true. I’ve been at this club for 10 year
s and it is everything I’ve ever dreamed of. I’m grateful to everyone that has helped me.
“It’s amazing to play for this club. To walk out at St. Andrew’s is an amazing feeling.”
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Burnley: Jean Butez is “keen to join” this summer
The Royal Antwerp goalkeeper has already been the subject of an approach from the hierarchy at Turf Moor.
Burnley target Jean Butez is “keen to join” Vincent Kompany’s side this summer, according to reliable journalist Ryan Taylor.
Who is Jean Butez?
Butez is a goalkeeper who currently plays his football for Royal Antwerp in the Belgian Pro League having moved there from Mouscron back in 2020 where he’s since gone on to make a total of 129 appearances to date.
The Frenchman started all 40 league games under Mark van Bommel last season and is his manager’s firmly established number one, and with Vincent Kompany holding knowledge of players in his homeland, the 28-year-old has been highlighted as a target at Turf Moor.
L’Equipe recently reported that the Clarets have made an approach for the shot-stopper who still has another three years remaining on his contract, but despite their advances initially getting turned down, it sounds as if a deal is firmly back on the cards.
Are Burnley signing Butez?
Taking to Twitter, Taylor revealed that Burnley are currently in discussions with Royal Antwerp regarding a move for Butez who is believed to be pushing to complete his switch to the Premier League. He wrote:
“Antwerp goalkeeper Jean Butez keen to join Burnley. Talks ongoing between clubs after Clarets saw opening bid rejected. Kamil Grabara of Copenhagen another GK admired, Vincent Kompany has scouted him. #LFC have 20% sell-on clause.”
Where could Butez fit in under Kompany?
Burnley and Kompany had Arijanet Muric as their first-choice between the sticks for the majority of last season but you can never have too much competition so Butez joining could push the formerly mentioned goalkeeper for the number one gloves next season.
The DVL Management client, who pockets £13k-per-week, kept an outstanding 19 clean sheets from 34 Jupiler Pro League outings last season, form which saw him not only collect four man-of-the-match awards but also hailed “very impressive” by journalist Josh Bunting.
Furthermore, the 6 foot 2 colossus made a total of 74 saves from 100 shots on target against, giving him a save percentage of 76%, via FBRef, ever so slightly under the 76.6% of Muric showing just how close in quality the two shot-stoppers are.
Finally, Butez knows what it takes to compete and be successful at the highest level having won two trophies with Antwerp, one of those being his side’s division title, so should he put pen to paper, he would be able to match the winning mentality of the current squad already in Lancashire.
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Wout Weghorst officially returns to Burnley from Manchester United but uncertainty remains over striker’s future
The 30-year-old made the move to Old Trafford in January after being recalled early from his loan spell with Turkish side Besiktas.
The Dutch striker made 31 appearances for Erik Ten Hag’s side, scoring twice.
“In terms of incoming loans at United, Marcel Sabitzer and Wout Weghorst are due to return to Bayern Munich and Burnley, respectively,” United said in a statement.
“Both made telling contributions to our Carabao Cup success and clinching a top-three place in the Premier League, with Weghorst supplying the assist for Marcus Rashford’s goal in the final win over Newcastle United at Wembley.
Discussing his time at Old Trafford prior to their FA Cup final defeat to Manchester City, Weghorst admitted the spell didn’t go as well as he would have liked.
“I’ve enjoyed it from the first minute since I’ve been here. I’ve really tried to give my all in every match I’ve played, in every minute I’ve had. It doesn’t matter which position it is, I always give my best.
“Of course, for me as a striker, only two goals is not enough. It’s not good. That’s just the only thing for me that’s disappointing, because I know I’m capable to do it.
I scored a lot in the past, but all the other parts of the football contribution – in helping with the team pressure and work ethic, link-up play – I think I’ve developed myself there again and I could help the team and be important for them.”
Report: Burnley could sign player who confirms he’s leaving Barcelona
BURNLEY COULD NOW SIGN PLAYER WHO CONFIRMS HE’S LEAVING BARCELONA
Premier League newcomers Burnley could offer Spain U21 goalkeeper Arnau Tenas a fresh start after he confirmed his impending departure from La Liga champions Barcelona.
Any goalkeeper in a Vincent Kompany team simply must be as comfortable with the ball at his feet as he is with it in his arms. Hence why the Clarets signed Aro Muric – player who honed his talents under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City – during Kompany’s first summer at the Turf Moor helm.
Hence why Burnley made a £12 million bid for Anderlecht’s stopper-slash-playmaker Bart Verbruggen before being pipped to the post by Brighton.
Arnau Tenas, meanwhile, possesses the kind of poise and composure you would expect from a man who learned all he knows from Barcelona’s famous La Masia academy. Tenas is a goalkeeper from the Victor Valdes school; a fine technician who loves nothing more than pinging pinpoint passes into the midfield.
Burnley could snatch a Barcelona talent
Tenas’ eye-catching distribution has been on full display at the U21 Euros this month – Spain cruising through the group-stages – with Sport reporting that Burnley are one of a number of clubs keeping a close eye on his performances over in Romania and Georgia.
Burnley, Sport says, are ‘very aware’ of Tenas’ situation. The Catalan-born 22-year-old confirmed earlier this week that he is likely to leave the Camp Nou when his contract expires on Saturday, though Barcelona have reportedly not given up hope yet of agreeing fresh terms.
“It is true (that I am leaving). I can confirm it,” Tenas told Barca Universal. “For now, I’m with the national team and I’m focused on that.”
Burnley are now ‘very likely’ to approach Tenas’ camp and enquire about whether he would like to start between the sticks for a Clarets side who cleared the 100-point barrier on route to the Championship title last season.
Royal Antwerp’s Jean Butez is another target, if Burnley go for a more experienced option between the sticks. The 28-year-old helped Antwerp win their first Jupiler League title since the 1950s, and the Belgian champions will not stand in his way should he wish to leave.