Report: Update on Cardiff City’s reported interest in Derby County winger Johnny Russell

Cardiff City are said to not be in the hunt to sign Derby County attacker Johnny Russell despite reports suggesting otherwise.

According to Welsh publication, Cardiff City are tracking three new players but won’t be pursuing their interest in Derby County attacker Johnny Russell.

The report states that the Bluebirds are interested in signing a winger with pace, a central midfielder who can dictate a game and a right-back to pressure former Leeds defender Lee Peltier. Nevertheless, Nathan Byrne, Honduran Alberth Elis and Russell are not included on their wish-list.

Last week, the same newspaper reported that the popular Derby attacker was on Russell Slade’s radar and the Welsh side were interested in making him one of their first summer signings.

Should Derby look to keep or sell Russell?

The Scotland international is one of the more popular members of the Derby squad with supporters and his departure certainly wouldn’t be looked on favourably.

Although the Rams are keen to make improvements to their team, as shown with the signings of Andreas Weimann and Alex Pearce, Russell will still be considered a key member of the first team squad even if he isn’t guaranteed to play every week.

Last season, the 25-year-old had six goals and eight assists to show from his 39 Championship appearances for the Rams, which he will need to improve on next season if he is to keep his place the starting XI.

Nevertheless, he is a player with a fantastic attitude and will undoubtedly push whoever may be infront of him for a starting spot hard in order to win the shirt.

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