Derby County star Will Hughes is backed to take Premier talk in stride
TALK of a multi-million pounds move to one of the Premier League's top clubs will not unsettle Derby County starlet Will Hughes.
A report at the weekend claimed champions Manchester City are lining up a £7m bid for the midfielder.
He has already been linked with £10m moves to European champions Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, while Arsenal, Liverpool and Fulham are said to be interested in the former Repton School pupil.
But Rams manager Nigel Clough is confident the 17-year-old will take all the transfer talk in his stride.
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Hughes has displayed composure on the pitch this season and Clough expects the youngster to remain calm off the field as speculation escalates over his future at Pride Park.
"Will's an intelligent lad, it won't affect him at all," said Clough.
"There has been talk in the last few weeks and it hasn't affected him.
"He's also intelligent enough and sensible enough to know this is the place for him to stay for the time being."
Hughes has featured in all of Derby's 28 games this season. He has started all but one, having made his full debut against Peterborough United in the final fixture of last season.
Clough is delighted with the player's progress.
"He has been outstanding since he made his debut at the back end of last season," said Clough.
"He has not missed a game and he is getting better, as is Jeff Hendrick alongside him in midfield.
"That's great for us and I hope they are in there for a long time to come.
"We suffer a little bit from inexperience at times but Will and Jeff both have a lot of ability."
Clough hopes Derby can keep hold of their young players in the January transfer window.
"One of the challenges we have had is to bring some young players through, for the first team primarily and if they make us a profit at some point, all well and good," said Clough.
"But I think this is the best place for them at the moment.
"We will be pleased when January is over."