Derby keen to retain Chelsea and Liverpool loan stars

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Steve McClaren intends to keep his team together, as Derby attempt to secure promotion to the Premier League at the second attempt.

The Rams lost in the worst of circumstances; having outplayed QPR in the Championship play-off final, they were cruelly struck down by an injury time Bobby Zamora winner. A defeat in such a manner can ruin many a player, however head coach Steve McClaren believes that the future can only improve, and he wants his young team to remain together for next seasons Championship campaign.

Youngster Will Hughes and Scottish international Craig Bryson have both been tracked by clubs in the Premier League, with Liverpool favourites to secure the England Under-21's signature, although Derby officials are poised to offer the pair new, improved contracts in an attempt to retain them for at least another season.

However it is the fate of three loan players that remains unclear; Patrick Bamford, Andre Wisdom and George Thorne.

Bamford, on loan from Chelsea, netted eight times in 23 games, whilst Wisdom (Liverpool) and Thorne (West Brom) shored up the defence and midfield as the Rams secured a club record points total of 85. McClaren intends to keep the three youngsters at the iPro Stadium next season, suggesting to The Telegraph that, having enjoyed their temporary moves, it should be easier to get hold of them again.

The former England manager said: "I’d like to sort out the likes of Wisdom and Thorne and Bamford. Maybe we have a chance of getting them back because I think they’ve enjoyed their time here."

Despite the 53-year old Englishman's intentions, it may be increasingly hard to secure the services of the three youngsters - who are rated extremely highly by their parent clubs.

Thorne had already made 10 league appearances for West Brom, before injury limited his opportunities, although his loan has revealed that he still has the talent, and energy, required to succeed in the top flight.

Wisdom could be set to enter the first-team squad at Anfield as they prepare for Champions League football, whilst Bamford revealed to The Guardian that Chelsea have plans for him to be the third choice striker at Stamford Bridge next season.

Whether all three youngsters make it at their respective clubs remains to be seen, however all three have shown that they have the desire and the quality to succeed in the Premier League.

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