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Burnley manager Sean Dyche says speculation linking him with the Leicester job is just “paper stories” and has no substance.

The 46-year-old is behind Chris Coleman as the favourite to take over from Craig Shakespeare, who was sacked by the Foxes on Tuesday.

Dyche lives in Northampton, and that geographical closeness to Leicester has been a factor in the speculation.

But while Dyche admits he is flattered to be linked to another post, there is no foundation to the stories and his approach remains firmly on Burnley matters.

“First of all, I don’t want any manager to lose their job, I’m in the business and it’s very tough. There’s always empathy in that situation.

“It’s not the first time I’ve been linked. In a way you’re flattered by these links because it’s some form of recognition of the work that’s been done by the players, by the staff and by myself at this club.

“But they are paper stories. There’s no story from me. I’ve had it before and that’s the way it is.”

He added: “I’m not aware of any approach from any club during my time here.”

Burnley face Manchester City on Saturday, the Premier League leaders and a team which has scored 29 goals in their eight league games so far this season.

Only Everton – on August 21 – have taken a point from City this season, but Dyche does not accept that his side is on a hiding to nothing at the Etihad Stadium.

“It’s not a freebie as far as we’re concerned, within our camp, but you can see why people would say that, of course you can.

“If you’re spending £100m on two full-backs then you’re at the top end of the market. It always makes it a challenge when you’re go up against high quality opponents.

“People from outside will say we’ve got no chance but we’ve been in those ‘no chance’ situations before.

“We get on with what we do and concentrate on us.”

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