Wayne Rooney rejected Everton approach to stay and mastermind Derby survival bid

Rooney has performed brilliantly this season under severe restrictions, with the club still in contention to pull off a miraculous escape from relegation despite sustaining a 21-point deduction.

Due to a transfer embargo, he has also been limited in the transfer market but Derby have lost only once in their past six matches and are only eight points adrift of 21st placed Reading.

Derby’s future remains under threat, though the Football League has granted them a month’s extension to provide proof of funds that the club can finish the season.

Rooney said: “The stuff off the field is out of my control and we all want reassurances that this club can move forward.

“It needs to come as quickly as possible. It’s a difficult period and the important thing is this club gets sorted out. People really need to be sensible on this because I think it’s getting out of hand.

“We’ll keep doing our best on the pitch to make the fans proud. We’ll keep working and doing our job to try and get results and keep this club in the league.”

Rooney has claimed no players will be leaving before Monday’s transfer deadline to raise sorely needed finance.

Tom Lawrence, the Derby captain, is a target for Bournemouth and QPR while there is also interest in youngsters Lee Buchanan, Festy Ebosele and Luke Plange.

“I’ve spoken to the administrators and they’ve reassured me that Tom won’t be going, and no players will be leaving,” he said.

“Tom is having a fantastic season and there’s no issues between us. I’m pleased with that and we can prepare for the weekend.”

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