Burnley have this evening officially confirmed the signing of Matej Vydra from Derby.
Vydra has signed a three-year deal with a one-year extension option. The forward’s fee is undisclosed.
‘I feel I have more experience in English football’
Vydra has already spoken at length about his excitement at joining Burnley and how much he believes he has grown since the last time he played in the Premier League.
“I think five years ago I was like a kid in the Premier League. Now I feel I have more experience in English football, I speak better English and I have learned more in England, so I hope I’m a better player than five years ago.
“For the last four years I have been fighting to be in the Premier League.
“I haven’t done it with the teams I was playing for and sometimes it has to be done with a transfer and now I’m so happy.
“My ambition is to play in the best league in the world so thank-you to the gaffer here and to Burnley for giving me a hand to play in the Premier League and now it’s about me to show he chose the right person and hopefully I will be successful with mine and Burnley’s targets.
‘I can’t be more happy to play in the Premier League’
“I watched Burnley last season and they played with two strikers which is good for me.
“Last season it looked like no-one liked to come to Burnley’s home stadium and I hope we will carry on with that and also we will play nice football which the fans will love.
“The team finished seventh last season. It will be hard to do that again but it’s football and you never know what can happen.
“You have to enjoy what we are doing because football is the best job you can do.
“I can’t be more happy to play in the Premier League and I will do my best for Burnley.”
Vydra first played in the Premier League with Watford in 2012 and after several loan spells with Watford, Vydra would sign for them permanently in 2015 for a fee of around £7.5 million.
The forward would go on to make 95 appearances for Watford, in which he scored 38 and assisted 15.
Vydra would then eventually join current club Derby in 2016 costing them around £8.4 million.
He has played 80 games for Derby, in which he has scored 27 and assisted five.
Vydra is naturally a centre-forward, however, he can also play behind the striker, as a left winger and as a right winger.