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Phil Jagielka to join Stoke after being forced to leave Derby amid their transfer embargo

Phil Jagielka signs for Stoke after being forced to leave Derby amid their transfer embargo…with Wayne Rooney furious over the departure of his ex-Everton and England team-mate

  • Phil Jagielka on free transfer to Stoke after leaving Derby County
  • The 39-year-old would initially be offered an 18-month extension in Derby
  • But the cramped club were unable to re-sign him due to their transfer ban
  • Rams boss Wayne Rooney wanted to keep Jagielka out of his short-term deal











Phil Jagielka signs for Stoke City as a free agent after leaving Derby County.

The 39-year-old was initially offered an 18-month extension at Derby before his contract expires next week, but as the EFL put them under a transfer embargo, he was unable to re-sign.

The veteran centre-back is now signing for Stoke, who this week added Taylor Harwood Bellis on loan from Manchester City and is looking to sign Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker.

Phil Jagielka signs for Stoke City as a free agent after leaving Derby County this month

Phil Jagielka signs for Stoke City as a free agent after leaving Derby County this month

Wayne Rooney is furious after he was unable to re-sign Jagielka due to their transfer ban

Wayne Rooney is furious after he was unable to re-sign Jagielka due to their transfer ban

A Derby statement said: “Derby County would like to sincerely thank Phil for his commitment and efforts both on and off the pitch while at the club and wish him every success in his future endeavours.”

Jagielka joined Derby in August as a free agent on a short-term deal. He started 20 of their 25 league appearances and formed a first-choice central defender with Curtis Davies.

sports post understands that Rams boss Wayne Rooney, who played with Jagielka for Everton and England, is furious that his former team-mate has been forced to leave the club.

Rooney was desperate to keep his former England and Everton team-mate at Pride Park

Rooney was desperate to keep his former England and Everton team-mate at Pride Park

But Jagielka was unable to re-sign due to their transfer ban and is now moving to Stoke

But Jagielka was unable to re-sign due to their transfer ban and is now moving to Stoke

Rooney is also expected to lose some of his key men this month after Derby players were told to talk to their managers if they wanted to leave in January.

The tight end is desperate to raise money this month to avoid liquidation, which is a serious possibility given their £29m debt to HMRC.

Any departure will be a major blow to Rooney in his bid to avoid relegation to League One, with his side 11 points adrift after their 21 point deduction.

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