Andros Townsend has admitted he broke down in tears after a free transfer to Premier League new-boys Burnley fell through over the summer.
The former England international agreed terms with the Clarets but the club withdrew their offer as they did not want to stifle the development of their young players.
Winger Andros Townsend waiting to hear from new clubs
Townsend, only 32, believes he still has a lot to offer but understands head coach Vincent Kompany’s decision to block the move.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live show ‘Monday Night Club’ Townsend said, “It was probably one of the toughest conversations I’ve had in my career.
I argued my point, and put my case forward. But now after watching Burnley’s first five games, I understand. With Luka Koleosho and Zeki Amdouni… I understand why he (Kompany) made that decision not to block their pathway by signing a 32-year-old.”
The former Newcastle and Tottenham player believes his 18-month lay-off with a knee injury suffered while at Everton in March 2022 is putting some clubs off.
“Because of my age and lack of minutes, English clubs can’t take that risk. I’m waiting for the phone to ring now,” he added.