DEAN Marney believes Sean Dyche may be forced to rotate his squad next season as the Clarets prepare for Europe.

The 34-year-old won't be part of Burnley's European adventure, with his eight-year stay at the club coming to an end this summer.

But Marney, who admits he'll be a 'Burnley fan' now, is intrigued to see how the club get on in the Europa League, with the second qualifying round beginning on July 26.

"It will be a big season next year for the club with Europe, it'll be a busy schedule, so the gaffer will look to add players because it's quite a small squad," Marney said.

"The gaffer is quite loyal to his XI but he may have to rotate his team a bit more.

"It will be really interesting because I'll be a Burnley fan now. I'll be looking out for Burnley all the time and I'd love to see them do well next season."

Marney made 221 appearances for the Clarets, but he hadn't featured since suffering a second serious knee injury at Arsenal in January 2017.

But it remains a club that is close to his heart.

"Of course, it's been eight years of my life. About 90 per cent of that has been happy so it's been a great place," he said.

"You look at where the club has come from, everybody has played their part in that. You just have to look at the new training ground and the facilities; when I first arrived we used to get changed at the stadium and drive down to the training ground. Now it's all state-of-the-art and the lads have got everything they need there. It's definitely geared up to be successful.

"The board have invested a hell of a lot of money and they've made a lot of money with the club being successful on the pitch. It's nice that they've put the money in to the facilities because that's only going to help the club in the future."

Marney has been linked with a move to Championship side Nottingham Forest, but of his next challenge he said: "We'll just have to see where that will be. I'm fit, I'm in good shape and I'm ready to go somewhere else and prove myself again.

"My focus now is on the next challenge for me personally."