Derby County boss Frank Lampard expects Matej Vydra stay amid Leeds United interest

STAYING PUT? Matej Vydra.
STAYING PUT? Matej Vydra.
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Derby County boss Frank Lampard has revealed that he expects Matej Vydra to remain at the club this summer despite growing interest in the striker.

The Whites had made the Czech one of their top targets this summer but are believed to have hit a snag over any potential deal after receiving increased wage demands.

The YEP understands that United were prepared to pay in excess of £30,000 a week to push through the signing of the Championship’s top scorer but have now cooled their interest following fresh terms from Vydra.

Fellow Championship side West Brom are also believed to be interested in his services should Jay Rodriguez or Salomon Rondon leave the club during the summer window but Rams head coach Lampard has now revealed he expects Vydra to remain at the club.

Lampard told the BBC: "There is a lot of speculation but he is still our player.

"We will see, but while he performs as well as he did last year, with the level of goals, I expect him to stay."

The 26-year-old is set to miss out on County's opening pre-season friendly having not trained due to a groin injury that also saw him miss the club's training camp in Tenerife.

"Unfortunately, he hasn't been able to train with us," Lampard continued.

"But he should be integrating back with the squad next week and then I will look at him. He is a top-quality player, without a doubt, and if he is here then that's great for us."