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Derby County's Savage pondering Vancouver Whitecaps offer

Derby County veteran Robbie Savage is reportedly considering a move to MLS expansion franchise Vancouver Whitecaps. The 36-year old Welshman has been targeted by the Whitecaps, who enter MLS this year, confirming to MirrorFootball that they indeed made a presentation to him which he is heavily pondering.

"The presentation they made to me was brilliant. To be honest, it blew me away," he said.

"I am fully committed to Derby and seeing out the end of my contract there but Vancouver have asked whether they will release me so I can be ready for the MLS season starting in March.

"Derby have got a big decision to make and if they say I can go, then so have I."

Savage has had an extensive career in the UK, spending time with seven clubs in England, and is currently working as a pundit for BBC and ESPN as well as guiding Derby's Championship campaign.

He says a move to Major League Soccer is very attractive but insists he still has plenty of options to weigh up.

"In a way, I wish the presentation Vancouver made me hadn't been so good," he added.

"They are a new team in the MLS, they're moving to a new £300m stadium and they are very ambitious. The chance to be part of making soccer popular in America, alongside people like David Beckham and Thierry Henry, is obviously very tempting.

"But it is up to Derby now, and depending on what they say I will then talk to my family, and to the BBC and ESPN."

Andrew Slevison
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