Derby County are on course for the Premier League, although the promotion race looks like it will go right down to the wire and one man who has been central to that success this season is Johnny Russell.
The Scotsman has five goals and three assists from his 25 appearances for the club this season and, at 27, seems the is one big contract away from being with the club throughout the peak years of his football career.
However, it appears that Russell has other ideas as Gary Rowett has told the club’s website that Russell has his eyes on a move to MLS in America and to that end, he has rejected contract offers to extend his stay at the IPro Stadium.
Rowett has confirmed that Johnny Russell has indictated a desire to move to the MLS this month, and has rejected contract offers.
— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) January 29, 2018
The news has split the reaction of Derby fans on Twitter. Some of them want rid of him, some accuse him of grabbing the money, while others want him to stay and some can’t blame him for taking the money.
Here is some of the best reaction…
— Trant (@RJ_Derby) January 29, 2018
He loves derby but wants a move to probably see out his career? Best of luck to him! Been a great servant over the years to us!!!
— sam (@Rambunting123) January 29, 2018
Praise the lord ????
— Daley Tinsley (@DaleyTinsley) January 29, 2018
What a way to ruin your career !
— ????Fantastic Mr Fox???? (@SFox1993) January 29, 2018
— Paul Taylor (@TedTaylor2911) January 29, 2018
Well that makes way for James McClean… people aren't going to be happy about that one! ???? good luck Johnny
— Daniel Butterworth (@__grapevine) January 29, 2018
— Clare (@fiestyclare) January 29, 2018
To be fair though, a chance to earn good money and I am not sure he would be a Prem player should we get there.
Good luck to a nice guy!
— Steve Dolman (@Peakfanblog) January 29, 2018
It’s a waste ☹️
— Freddy Tse (@Freddytse) January 29, 2018
What a waste of his talent
— Phil Kerry (@philkerry27) January 29, 2018
Derby fans – what is your reaction to the Russell news? Let us know in the comments below…