Linked with a move to Old Trafford for several months, England under-21 international Will Hughes has signed a new long term deal at Derby County. A central midfielder known as one of the biggest prospects in England, Hughes has been linked to some of Europe’s biggest clubs, but instead will stay in the second tier of English football.
Will Hughes turned 19 in April, and has already made 79 league appearances for Derby County, scoring 5 goals. He appeared in 41 of Derby’s 46 games in their successful Championship campaign, reaching the Playoffs final after finishing in third place. Though Derby ultimately lost their chance of promotion to the Premier League, Hughes has repaid the faith of manager Steve McClaren by sealing his long term future at the club.
After signing Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera and Hughes’ former Under-21 teammate Luke Shaw, United boss Louis van Gaal was rumoured to be interested in bringing Will Hughes to the club. Like Shaw, Hughes is seen as one of the best young English talents, and his hard working approach in central midfield would add something different to the technicality of Ander Herrera.
However, Hughes will be sticking with Derby County for the time being, where he hopes to continue putting in the fine performances that have seen him linked with some of Europe’s best. Real Madrid, Liverpool and Chelsea were three of many clubs said to be interested in Hughes’ services, and – if he can continue to improve – expect to see further links in the next season or two.
This news deals a further blow to new boss Louis van Gaal, with Thomas Muller also signing a new deal to confirm that he will not be joining United. Manchester United are expected to bolster their midfield this summer with another signing, with Nigel de Jong and Kevin Strootman heavily linked.
— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) July 1, 2014