SEAN Dyche insists nothing has changed when it comes to speculation about Ben Gibson leaving Burnley in the January transfer window.

The 27-year-old arrived from Middlesbrough for a joint-club record fee of £15 million back in August 2018 but has made just one Premier League start for the Clarets.

The defender is being linked with a return to Teeside with fellow Championship sides Fulham and Huddersfield also reportedly interested in a loan move.

That comes after clubs in Germany and Turkey were also understood to be taking a look at a player who has been unable to shift Ben Mee and James Tarkowski - Dyche’s first choice central defensive pairing.

But at Tuesday’s press conference ahead of the trip to Manchester United, the Clarets boss reiterated the club’s stance this month however.

“Nothing has changed from what I have said previously, we are not under any pressure at all in terms of players going out,” Dyche said.

"It will be a decision that we make rather than having to make. That is a much stronger position to be in.”

Dyche insists Gibson is up for the challenge of trying to dislodge skipper Mee and Tarkowski, despite his lack of game time since arriving at Turf Moor.

"He is as happy as a player can be, we are trying to treat them right and get them as much time as we can,” he said.

"Players want to play. We have other players here who haven’t played as much as they like to play but that is the challenge of being at a football club.

"You sign for a club to work hard, and he (Gibson) certainly does work hard and that is part of what it is.

"It is not an easy task if other players have been playing well which I think the centre halves here have done very well so that is the challenge, to try and find the chance to go and play."

Asked directly whether there had been any approaches for Gibson, Dyche was typically cryptic with his answer.

“We have had various inquiries for various players of all levels,” he said.