Chris Martin may still extend his stay at Pride Park this summer, with the now free agent striker said to still be in talks over a new contract with the Rams.
The veteran front man’s time was seemingly up with Derby after the two parties failed to agree on a new deal for the 31-year-old former Fulham man after what was a strong season in front of goal for the Beccles born forward.
Question marks still remain over whether or not the player could well extend his stay with the club he has called home for so many years, with Rams boss Phillip Cocu providing the following update to the Derby Telegraph earlier this week:
“We are still talking. It is hard to predict (what will happen), but I see it as a positive that we are still talking to each other.
“That means that maybe the differences can be solved. The intention for both parties is to find a way to continue. I am hopeful.”
Martin has been in fine form for the Rams this term, notching an impressive 12 goals and six assists in all competitions, thus seeing himself stand out as one of the club’s best offensive outlets this term.
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Whilst the striker has gone on to register a total of 76 goals in over 220 games for the Pride Park side.
The subject of Chris Martin’s future at Derby County has continued to swirl for much of the season and it is showing no signs of dying down as time goes on.
From one side you can see why the club wants to keep hold of a player that is a proven goalscorer at second tier level, whilst on the other hand it has to be noted that if Martin really wanted to stay at Pride Park, he would’ve agreed a new deal by now.
The 31-year-old will undoubtedly have a wide array of clubs seeking to secure his services this summer, and will be wary over selecting his next move, as it could well be his last before hanging up his boots.