Frank explains what ‘attracted’ him to Mee as ex-Burnley captain joins Brentford on free transfer

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Ben Mee marking Virgil van Dijk

Brentford have completed the signing of former Burnley defender Ben Mee, who has penned a two-year deal with the Premier League club.

Mee has agreed a deal with the Bees following the expiration of his contract at Turf Moor, where he served with distinction for over a decade.

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Boss Thomas Frank said on the club’s official website: “I am very happy that we have signed Ben. He will add a lot of quality and experience to the squad. He had six good years for Burnley in the Premier League.

“I really love his defensive mindset; he knows how to defend the box, he knows how to block a shot and he knows how to win duels.

“He will bring leadership and communication to the team, which is very attractive. He has a very good left foot and will be very good for us on set-pieces in both boxes. I am looking forward to adding him to the squad.”

Mee, who played almost 400 times for the Clarets over an 11-year period, becomes Brentford’s fourth signing of the summer, joining Aaron Hickey, Keane Lewis-Potter and Thomas Strakosha in west London.

The centre-half currently lives in the north west and has vowed to make the free transfer carbon neutral by donating to Carbon Neutral Britain, a UN certified organisation who help offset carbon footprints through things like solar and wind farms and planting trees.

Mee has donated a sum big enough to offset the average person’s carbon footprint for an entire year.

“I am conscious that transfers rack up a lot of air miles and driving miles as well so I am looking to offset my emissions for this transfer,” he said on his social media.

“I am not perfect but I am trying to do my bit to make this transfer carbon neutral.”

Meanwhile, according to the Daily Mail, Burnley are close to confirming the £3million signing of Manchester City goalkeeper Aro Muric.

Clarets boss Vincent Kompany has been ‘key’ in bringing the Kosovan international to Turf Moor.

Muric is ‘highly regarded’ at the Etihad, with City including a buyback option in the deal.

He joined the Citizens from Swiss side Grasshoppers in 2015 and made four appearances for the Premier League club’s first team.

The 26-cap Kosovo shot-stopper has spent time on loan with NAC Breda and Willem II in the Netherlands, Nottingham Forest, Spanish side Girona and most recently Turkish outfit Adana Demirspor.