Derby County are hoping to sign a new 18-month deal for Phil Jagielka before his contract expires this month.
Jagielka, 39, joined Derby in the Summer on an initial short-term deal that is set to expire on January 17.
However, Wayne Rooney has spoken about the club’s desire to retain the player’s services for another 18-months.
“We are talking now [about a contract extension] and I am sure we will get that done, get that over the line,” Rams boss Rooney said, via the Derby Telegraph.
“And that will be a massive signing for us.”
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Jagielka has struck up an excellent partnership with Curtis Davies at the heart of the Derby defence. The club was deducted 21-points this season for going into administration. However, a spirited fight back is being made.
Despite being rock bottom of the Championship table, the team hasn’t given up hope of their survival in the division just yet.
The Rams are 11 points away from safety despite the massive points deduction. Given Reading’s recent performance in the 7-0 loss to Fulham last night, that will give them even further encouragement that they can still stay up.
Derby have won three of their last four league games to put themselves on 11 points in the league table.
Their next opponents are the in-form Sheffield United, who have won their last four league games. The two sides meet on January 15.
A player with Jagielka’s experience could be absolutely vital for the club in its bid to earn survival in the Championship.
Even at 39-years old, he has shown that he can still offer something great for Rooney’s side and his loss would be sorely felt in the dressing room as well as on the pitch.
The club’s financial situation may make it difficult to guarantee that this deal will be finalised. However, Rooney’s optimism bodes well that a deal can be struck to satisfy all parties involved.