Taylor Harwood-Bellis feels Burnley is the perfect place to continue his development and further his long-term aims of breaking into the first-team at Manchester City.

The centre-back has made a promising start to life at Turf Moor, starting every league game so far this term.

Harwood-Bellis played under Vincent Kompany at Anderlecht and is relishing the opportunity to work with the City legend again in East Lancashire.

“I just focus on doing my job at Burnley. I can only do so much from my part, I will keep putting in performances and doing my best. Whatever happens, happens,” he told The Times.

“If I break into [the team at] City then I have achieved my goals, but if not I go down another route.

“Obviously, it is difficult seeing them sign another centre half but if you see the quality of the centre-half they have signed it is a difficult one.

“[Manuel Akanjiis] unreal along with the other ones. Everyone knows it is difficult but, to be fair, I just focus on what I have to do with Burnley and hopefully get Burnley promoted.

“I have never doubted myself that if I get a chance I would take it, but for me personally the best thing was to go on loan, especially with the manager being Vincent Kompany as well.

“We are playing a similar way to City and I feel I have made a good decision. We will see where it goes next season.”

Harwood-Bellis captained England Under-21s to a 3-1 victory against Germany at Bramall Lane last night.

Burnley team-mate Jordan Beyer, who is on loan from Borussia Monchengladbach, also featured for the visitors.

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