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Derby players are increasingly concerned about the lack of progress in the intended takeover of the club

Derby players are increasingly concerned about the lack of progress in takeover talks with Wayne Rooney’s team pending salary payments they wanted to postpone during the first lockdown and have not received their December wages

  • Wayne Rooney’s squad has not yet received their salary for December
  • They are also waiting for the wages they agreed to be repaid
  • Proposed takeover by Sheikh bin Zayed Al Nehayan has not yet been completed
  • Players at the club are increasingly concerned about the lack of news

Derby players are increasingly concerned that the club has failed to finalize takeover talks, delaying their wages.

Wayne Rooney’s team has not received their salary for December, and they are also waiting for the wages they deferred – between 25 and 50 percent of their pay – during the spring close to pay back.

The proposed takeover by Sheikh bin Zayed Al Nehayan has been in the pipeline since November but has not yet been completed, raising concerns within the squad, while the Supporters Trust have called on the club to clarify the exact position.

Derby stars are still waiting for news of the club's future with an anticipated takeover

Derby stars are still waiting for news of the club’s future with an anticipated takeover

Chief executive Stephen Pearce told talkSPORT: “We have not heard from either party that there are any issues with the acquisition. We have been told it is still absolutely taking place.

“All legal and documentation are all done, now it’s just a matter of final close of the deal. We expected it to take place on December 24th.

‘That didn’t happen and now we are working on sorting out funds for the players payroll – that’s our top priority.

Wayne Rooney's team has yet to receive their December pay, with ongoing talks

Wayne Rooney's team has yet to receive their December pay, with ongoing talks

Wayne Rooney’s team has yet to receive their December pay, with ongoing talks

“ We speak to the potential new owners on a daily basis and there has been no issue by either side to indicate that the deal is off and I assured the players that this is the case.

“It is an unfortunate situation where we find ourselves only one more time in which we see light very quickly at the end of the tunnel.”

Pearce also said other staffers and academy players had been paid, but admitted that the senior squad and some coaches were not there on Thursday.

He added, “We have a normal dialogue with those guys (the interested party) and are told there are no complications with the takeover.”

Sheikh Khaled, cousin of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour, is about to buy the club

Sheikh Khaled, cousin of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour, is about to buy the club

Sheikh Khaled, cousin of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour, is about to buy the club

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