Derby players becoming increasingly concerned over lack of progress to club's proposed takeover

Derby players increasingly concerned by lack of progress over takeover talks with Wayne Rooney’s squad waiting on salary payments they agreed to defer during first lockdown and have not received their December wages

  • Wayne Rooney’s squad have not yet been paid their salaries for December
  • They are also waiting for the wages they agreed to be deferred to be returned
  • Proposed takeover by Sheik bin Zayed Al Nehayan has not yet been completed
  • Players at the club are becoming increasingly concerned over the lack of news

Derby players are growing increasingly concerned about the clubs failure to conclude takeover talks which has caused a delay to their wages.

Wayne Rooneys squad have not been paid their salaries for December and they are also waiting for the wages they agreed to defer between 25 and 50 per cent of their salaries during the spring lockdown to be returned.

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

Derby stars are still waiting over news surrounding the club's future with a takeover expected

Derby stars are still waiting over news surrounding the club’s future with a takeover expected

Chief executive Stephen Pearce told talkSPORT: Weve heard nothing from either party of any problems with the takeover. Weve been told it still is absolutely taking place.

All the legals and documentation is all completely done, its just a case of the final closing of the deal now. We expected it to take place on December 24.

That didnt happen and now we are working to get funds sorted for the players payroll that is our No1 priority.

Wayne Rooney's squad are still yet to receive their wages for December with talks ongoing

Wayne Rooney’s squad are still yet to receive their wages for December with talks ongoing

We are speaking daily to the prospective new owners and there has been no issue raised by either party to indicate the deal wont go through and I assured the players that is the case.

It is an unfortunate situation we are in but one where we see light at the end of the tunnel very soon.

Pearce also said other members of staff and academy players had been paid but admitted the senior squad and some coaches had not yet been as of Thursday.

He added: We are in normal dialogue with those guys (the interested party) and we are being told there are no complications with the takeover.

Sheikh Khaled , cousin of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour, is close to buying the club

Sheikh Khaled , cousin of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour, is close to buying the club

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