Report: Derby County boss Paul Clement declares Johnny Russell not for sale

Cardiff City have been credited with holding an interest in Derby County attacker Johnny Russell.

According to Wales Online, Cardiff City will not be pursuing their interest in attacker Johnny Russell because new Derby head coach Paul Clement has declared the player not for sale.

The report states that Russell Slade had been eager to move for the Scotland international but had been told bluntly by Clement that the former Dundee United player will not be going anywhere.

Last week, it was reported in the same newspaper that Cardiff wouldn’t be pursuing their interest in the Rams attacker. However, the report didn’t disclose the reason as the new head coach's determination to keep the popular wide forward at the club.

The news will come as a huge boost to Derby fans, who largely want the 25-year-old to remain at the club, as competition for places looked to have put his future in doubt.

Will Johnny Russell be a key player for Derby next season?

Although Russell has been a firm fixture in the Derby side since his move from north of the border, the managerial change this summer did cast doubt over his role in the squad.

After interest from Cardiff, as reported by Wales Online, Rams fans were left questioning whether one of their firm favourites could be heading for the exit ahead of what could be a huge season for the East Midlands club.

The decision by the former Real Madrid assistant will come as a relief to supporters as it sounds like he may well be a key player next season despite the potential of new wide forwards coming through the door.

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