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Oliver Burke hints his future is away from West Brom

Oliver Burke has hinted he sees his long-term future away from Albion after saying he hopes his loan move to Alaves will ‘put him in the shop window.’

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The Scotland international has made just 20 appearances for the Baggies since joining the club for a reported £15million in August 2017.

Burke, who is currently away with his national side, spent the second half of last season on loan at Celtic and is now enjoying a temporary stint in La Liga.

The forward still has two-years remaining on the five-year deal he signed at The Hawthorns following his move from German outfit RB Leipzig.

But when quizzed on his Albion future, the 22-year-old admitted he doesn’t feel part of the set-up at The Hawthorns.

“I’ve been there so long, but then I’ve not actually played many games for them, so you almost feel like you are not part of that team because I’ve been to other clubs and been on loan,” he said.

“I just have to focus on this loan I’m on now and take it all in and hopefully good things come from me going on loan now and getting game time.

“Hopefully it puts me in the shop window.

“I’d love to be a club and be the first name on the team-sheet every week, but I think it will come in time.

“I’m still at a good age and I’m just doing everything I can to learn the game.”

Burke admits he is enjoying playing in Spain.

“Game time is the most important thing for me – it’s coming slowly,” he added.

“I’m happy with where I am now and getting the game time. It’s such a great league as well, so I’m very happy.

“I wouldn’t say it’s far different from leagues in other countries I’ve played in.

“I think maybe some tactical things, and the language barrier, but I feel like I’m learning a lot and they’ve made me feel very welcome.”