Michael Keane
Michael Keane signed a permanent deal with Burnley on Thursday.Getty

Burnley manager Sean Dyche is confident former Manchester United defender Michael Keane can go on to become a great player at Turf Moor.

The Clarets confirmed a permanent deal for the 21-year-old centre half for an undisclosed fee on Thursday after impressing while on loan at the club during the first half of the season.

Keane was part of Louis van Gaal's pre-season plans but after making just one appearance off the bench in the opening weeks of the season, allowed the player to leave on transfer deadline day.

Having seen the England Under-21 international embrace his first team role in the absence of Burnley veteran Michael Duff, Dyche has backed his new signing to have an integral role to play in his side.

"He likes the environment and is enjoying his football which is always a priority, particularly for young players who want to enjoy what they are doing," Dyche was quoted as saying by the Lancashire Telegraph.

"And I think he knows he is in a place where he can grow and that is important. It is hard to be out there active as a young centre half and he is active and he is playing and I think he knows that's an important factor.

"I think he feels this is a good place to come and continue learning about what he wants to be.

"And that's not just a good player. He wants to be a great player like a lot of young players do and that's the right mind set, I believe."

Keane became Burnley's first signing of the January window and Dyche will be hoping to keep his squad intact, insisting that striker Danny Ings will not leave the club.

Ings, whose contract expires at the end of the season, has insisted he will remain at the club and his manager has fired another warning to clubs who think they can tempt the club's top scorer away this month.

"There have been no bids and the club have always made it clear he is not for sale. He is in a good place. He is a young man earning his spurs, still developing and still learning at arguably the highest level of football."