ANDERS Lindegaard believes he has rediscovered his ‘sparkle’ for football since joining Burnley.

The 33-year-old joined the Clarets on a deal until the end of the season following Tom Heaton’s shoulder injury, and he has been impressed with life at Turf Moor.

Former Manchester United gloveman Lindegaard made just 25 appearances in disappointing spells at West Brom and Preston since leaving Old Trafford in 2015.

The Denmark international puts his frustrations down to personal issues, but says he has rediscovered his love for the game since linking up with Sean Dyche’s squad.

“I’ve been really pleased here from the first day, I’ve found a bit of that sparkle that I’ve missed for a few years due to personal things,” Lindegaard said.

“For private reasons they haven’t worked out, I haven’t been at the top of my game for a period of time. But those problems are solved and I’m only looking forward. I feel the joy of playing football is back, I enjoy coming into training every day.”

Lindegaard joined Burnley following Heaton’s injury, taking the number of fit senior stoppers in Dyche’s squad to three, with Nick Pope and Adam Legzdins.

It’s Pope who is currently number one, but Lindegaard has forced his way onto the bench and he’s determined to lay down a challenge to 25-year-old Pope, who was nominated for the Premier League player of the month award for October.

“I knew the conditions when I signed, I knew I wasn’t going to go straight into the team,” Lindegaard said.

“The first target for me was to be involved on a weekend, which I’ve done and I’m very happy and proud about.

“The next target is to try and get some minutes on the pitch. The club has been really good to me.

“Sean Dyche has been honest and fair with me from the beginning and I want to pay back as much as I can on the training pitch and on a Saturday.”

Lindegaard has certainly been impressed with the facilities at Burnley, particularly the £10.6million Barnfield Training Centre, labelling it as ‘Champions League’ class.

It’s a far cry from the last time he visited Gawthorpe, playing in a reserve game during his time with Preston.

“I’m very impressed with the club, the last time I was here at the training ground was a couple of years ago for a reserve game and it didn’t look like this,” he added.

“Burnley have done things in the right order, you need good facilities to be a top club, Burnley has got Champions League facilities.

“They’ve got a very good manager, a very good group of people and a great squad with a good mentality. People are respectful and nice to each other and also competitive. The environment is quite competitive.

“Everything is in order, the mentality that has been created in the squad is very good.”