JAY Rodriguez says it was always his aim to make his Clarets comeback before the end of the season, but admits he doesn’t know what the future holds for him now.

At least five Premier League clubs, and Scottish Premier League champions Celtic, have expressed an interest in Burnley’s 21-goal top scorer. And that list of suitors is set to grow now that the Championship season is over.

With only one year left to run on Rodriguez’s contract it is likely that his hometown club will look to cash in on their prized asset in the summer.

After rejecting Southampton’s bid of at least £5million in the summer, I understand the board would now be looking for a fee of at least £8m before considering a sale.

Rodriguez came off the bench to a standing ovation as Burnley rounded off their season with a 1-1 draw at home to Bristol City on Saturday, having missed the previous eight games with a groin injury.

He described playing for his hometown team as “a pleasure”, but feels what happens next is out of his hands.

“I don’t think anything of the speculation. You hear things but I don’t really listen to them because there’s nothing I can do,” said the 22-year-old.

“I’m still a Burnley player, I’m still contracted, so I’ll look forward to a nice break over the summer, then working hard and getting myself fit.

“We’ll see what happens.”

But he insists he won’t let the speculation cloud his best season for the club.

“I hit the targets that I wanted to hit from last year,” he said.

“It’s a dream for me to get 21 goals for the season.

“I would have liked to have scored a lot more league goals with the chances I’ve missed, and I was disappointed to get injured.

“When I got the results of the scan I was gutted. I needed complete rest.

“I’d like to think I would have scored a few more if I hadn’t missed those games. I felt I was hitting form, and I hate missing games.

“It’s a pleasure to play for Burnley, and it’s disappointing when you can’t through injury. But I can’t really complain because I’m happy with my season.”

And Rodriguez admitted he was relieved to be involved on the final day.

“I was desperate to be involved in the Blackpool game because it’s a good game to be in, but the consultant said it was probably best not to play as it might cause a flare-up again.

But he said I should be able to play in the last game and when I came on it was a great feeling,” he said.

“I wanted to score so I was shooting from everywhere.

“But it was a nice feeling to get back involved before the end of the season.”

And Rodriguez, who picked up the players’ player of the year prize at the annual presentation night, thanked the fans for the reception he received after coming on as a second half substitute.

“It’s one of the best feelings in the world when you hear them singing your song. You can’t describe how good it is,” he said.

“It’s a feeling I thought I’d never get but I’m happy that it’s happened.”

Meanwhile, Burnley boss Eddie Howe is hoping that long-serving goalkeeper Brian Jensen will agree a deal to take him into his 10th year with the club, qualifying him for a testimonial.

“That’s something that has been talked about. We’d love to offer him that,” said Howe.

“I think the supporters would love to see that because he is a real favourite of the crowd and I think he has deserved that for all he’s done.

“But without putting too much pressure on him it’s his decision in terms of the contract offer.

“Hopefully we can reach an agreement.”

Howe added: “We’re expecting an answer soon hopefully.

“The Beast has got to weigh up all his options and choose what’s right for him. We certainly want him to stay.”