Everton icon Phil Jagielka has joined Burnley for their pre-season training schedule, but a permanent move to the Clarets is a doubt, according to Lancashire Live.
The Toffees officially released Jagielka at the end of June, having informed the 36-year-old earlier in the month that he would not be retained beyond his £50,000-per-week contract, marking the end to a twelve-year tenure on Merseyside that featured 385 games and 19 goals – including the winner as we beat Arsenal 1-0 in April.
Blues fans shared their admiration and respect for the Manchester-born defender in June, as well, when he announced his departure, with some calling our former captain a ‘fantastic servant’ and ‘a huge loss on and off the pitch’.
The 40-cap former England international has now joined Sean Dyche’s Clarets in a bid to boost his chances of securing a new deal in the top-flight, but the Burnley boss is not currently planning on offering Jagielka an instant return to the game.
Burnley currently boast a wealth of options that Dyche regularly calls upon at the back in Ben Mee, James Tarkowski, Kevin Long and Ben Gibson, with none of the aforementioned defenders are planning on quitting Turf Moor this summer.
If either does, Jagielka could secure a summer switch from Liverpool to Lancashire, but if not, he had been linked with a move to Celtic last month when it emerged his time with us was nearing its end.