STEVEN Defour has looked back on his time at Burnley and admits he was “out of his comfort zone” when he arrived at Turf Moor.

The Clarets agreed to terminate the Belgium international’s contract, which had 10 months remaining on it, so he could return to his homeland and sign for Royal Antwerp. 

Defour had an injury-hit three years at Burnley and only featured six times in the Premier League last season and was without an appearance so far this campaign.

“It was a bit out of my comfort zone at Burnley. A different playing style, different training sessions,” said Defour.

“After my first year, I managed to adjust in that team and I had a good second season.

“Then came the cartilage surgery and I was out for nine months.

“They wanted me back quickly, but the doctors told me that for 18 months I would occasionally experience pain.”

After signing in August 2016 for a club-record transfer fee of £8 million, the midfielder became a firm fan favourite as he made 24 appearances in the 2017-18 season where Burnley shocked everyone and finished seventh to reach Europe.

“Burnley is a good club with all hard workers and no one imagining themselves as a star. It was a good experience,” Defour told Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws.

“I just wanted to play more, because I loved the fans and they, in turn, loved me.”