Derby: Hughes going nowhere

Derby County chief executive Sam Rush has insisted that Will Hughes will be staying at the club this month.

Midfielder Hughes, 19, has been linked with a move to the Premier League after reportedly attracting the attention of several clubs with his performances for the Rams.

Liverpool have long been linked with the player.

There are fears among Derby fans that Steve McClaren's January recruitment drive could be financed by the sale of Hughes, but Rush has moved to provide reassurance.

Rush does not believe it would make any sense for the club to let Hughes go at the current time and insists he still has a major part to play at Pride Park.

"Will is best placed in Derby," said Rush, quoted in the Sunday People.

"There is a huge amount for him to achieve here and I don't feel commercially it is the right time for us to entertain any other discussions.

"You look at a variety of factors when you make a decision.

"Is it right for the player? Has he already maximised his contribution to the club - is there any more he can do for us? And is he at the height of his potential in income you can generate?

"The answer to all three is 'no'.

"There have been few bigger investors in the Championship than our owners.

"I expect they will put their hands in their pockets once again."