Blackwell happy to keep Sharp

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Sheffield United manager Kevin Blackwell has welcomed striker Billy Sharp's decision to turn down a move to npower Championship rivals Burnley.

Burnley, boosted by their £15million parachute payment following relegation from the Barclays Premier League, had an undisclosed offer for Sharp accepted but he has snubbed a switch to Turf Moor. Blackwell said: "Burnley made an acceptable offer but the move didn't seem quite right to Billy.

"He's a great lad and playing for the Blades means so much to him but that desire to succeed for his hometown club can be a bit of a burden for him to carry at times because everyone knows he wants to do well here. No manager likes to lose good players and if he does decide to stay he can only make our squad stronger in a tough and unrelenting division in which quality and strength in depth count for so much."

The Blades turned down a club record offer for Sharp in May from Doncaster, for whom he scored 15 goals while on loan for most of last season. Leeds have also been linked with a possible move for the 24-year-old.

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