Ravel Morrison training with Derby ahead of Man United clash

Ravel Morrison is currently training with Derby County ahead of the 2021/22 season.

The 28-year-old has not had a club since having his contract at Dutch side ADO Den Haag terminated by mutual consent in January.

Morrison is training with the Rams ahead of their friendly clash against Manchester United, which takes place on Sunday, July 18.

The midfielder came through the youth ranks at United, and starred in the team that won the 2011 FA Youth Cup.

After making three appearances off the bench in the League Cup, he moved to West Ham in January 2012.

He established himself as a key part of the Hammers side at the beginning of the 2013/14 season. Morrison scored one of the goals of the season against Tottenham Hotspur in October 2013.

But he quickly found himself out of the team, and after various loan spells he joined Lazio in 2015.

Since then, Morrison has spent time in Mexico, Sweden and the Netherlands, with short spells at Sheffield United and Middlesbrough (loan) in-between.

Derby have taken on Morrison as one of a number of trialists ahead of the new season.

Derby transfer embargo details

Wayne Rooney‘s side are currently under a transfer embargo imposed on them by the EFL.

They can complete free transfers or loan deals, but only if the first-team squad contains under 23 players. Loans can only be for the duration of half a season.

Last week, Derby and Sheffield Wednesday received suspended points deductions of three and six points respectively.

In the Rams’ case, the punishment related to their failure to pay its players for the month of December 2020, and “as such failed to strictly adhere to the terms of each Player’s contract” as per Regulation 63.7.

An EFL statement said: “In December 2020, Derby County failed to pay their players as per the terms of the agreements between the club and its players and were charged with misconduct under the EFL regulations.”

The EFL created an ‘interchangeable fixture list‘ for Derby and relegated side Wycombe in June.

The Rams were fined £100,000 for accounting irregularities earlier in the month, and any appeal could have seen them receive a points deduction for the 2020/21 season. A deduction of two points or more would have dropped them out of the Championship.

However, the EFL elected not to appeal the decision.

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