Derby County's Gary Rowett gives his thoughts on Chris Martin

Derby's Chris Martin and Johnny Russell look dejected

The on-loan Fulham striker is very much part of Gary Rowett's plans for Derby County next season.

Derby's Chris Martin shootsDerby's Chris Martin

The future of Derby County striker Chris Martin has been the subject of speculation for what seems like the entire season. After seemingly not being part of Nigel Pearson's plans, the Rams top scorer of the last three season was shipped out on loan to Fulham for the season, much to the dismay to many Derby County supporters. 

However, after Pearson's departure, Steve McClaren, who took the reigns for a second spell at the club, tried to bring the striker back. After failing to do so, much to disappointment of fans and manager alike, the club penned Chris Martin down to a new deal, with the striker expected to return at the end of his loan spell to spear-head McClaren's 4-3-3.

But now McClaren is gone (again), and the man at the helm, Gary Rowett, has a big decision to make. But is Chris Martin part of his plans? Does the on-loan Fulham man have a role to play in Rowett's system?

In a recent interview with RamsTV, Gary Rowett has revealed that the striker remains very much a part of his plans, and that he recently spoke to the on-loan Fulham striker regarding his future:

"I had a good conversation with him [Chris Martin] in the week, I managed to get hold of him and I think he's looking forward to coming back and being part of what we're doing.

Derby County manager Gary Rowett before the matchDerby County manager Gary Rowett

"I've read some reports recently that I'm imminently going to sell him, but that's certainly not the case.

"I had a good conversation with him...It was a case of: Look, can't wait to get you back, hopefully you're looking forward to coming back, your Derby County's player until someone says otherwise. 

"I told him one or two things that we'd like to try and do next year, I told him how we see him as part of that, and he seemed really enthused by what we were talking about."

Scotland's Chris Martin scores their first goalScotland's Chris Martin

This will be music to the ears of many Derby County fans, who can't wait to see their number nine back in a Derby County shirt. Many see the potential of a partnership between Chris Martin and Matej Vydra, and Rams fans will likely be excited to be possibly seeing this come to fruition next season.

Scotland's Chris Martin applauds fans after the gameScotland's Chris Martin applauds fans

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