New Derby County manager Steve McClaren has admitted that young starlet Will Hughes will have to be sold in the future. 

The England U21 international exploded in to the Championship last season, making 38 appearances for the Rams as a 17-year-old.

He has followed this form up with some strong performances this season and subsequently he is now the interest of some top Premier League teams, with Liverpool reportedly the frontrunners for his signature. 

But despite the fact that Hughes is being targeted by such teams as Liverpool, McClaren has ruled out a quick sale, instead brandishing the 18-year-old as a future star. 

Speaking to reporters, the former England boss said: " Our job is to make sure he makes it. Eventually he will be too good. What we need behind that is players coming through to replace him." 

McClaren is persistent that the Rams can continue to bring through young talent coupled with funds to invest further into the future. 

"I don't know my exact budget, but we need to excite the chairman and the fans. It is a great position financially and we don't want to disturb that. We need to improve the team and the squad if we want to challenge for a play-off place.

"But that's my job. I want to come to them with a good plan and hopefully they will back it," he added. 

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