Man Utd legend Wayne Rooney aims thinly-veiled dig at Chelsea over transfers

Plange was one of the stars to leave, as he joined Palace on Deadline Day, and Rooney said: “Ideally I’d have wanted him to stay with us, maybe for another 18 months, and see him develop.

“For the club as a whole, it would have been better financially if that was the case.”

Rooney is concerned for Derby, and insists that the club can’t afford to lose any more talent, as he said: “It’s important for this club to stay alive, but if they want us to be able to do the job and try to stay in this division, we can’t afford for any more players to go out.”

Derby are currently 23rd in the Championship on just 15 points after they were handed a brutal points deduction, taking 21 points away from their tally.