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Derby County captain reportedly told to take pay cut if he wants to stay at club

Derby County captain Richard Keogh has been told to take a pay cut in order to stay at the club Credit: PA images

Derby County captain Richard Keogh has been told to take a pay cut if he wants to remain at the club, according to reports.

The 33-year-old is currently injured after sustaining a serious knee injury in a car crash shortly before midnight on 24 September.

The crash resulted in his Rams team-mates Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett being convicted of drink-driving.

The pair were both banned from driving for two years following the incident on the A6 near Allestree.

They also received a 12-month community order, requiring them to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work.

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It's believed the Republic of Ireland international has been given time to consider a proposal to see out the remainder of his contract on reduced wages.

The defender's current deal, reported to be worth £25,000 a week, runs until the summer of 2020.

Keogh has made more than 350 appearances for the Rams since his move from Coventry City in 2012.

He has twice been voted player of the year by the Derby fans.

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According to The Telegraph, if Keogh does not accept the offer, "the threat of being sacked for gross misconduct cannot be ruled out".

The process is ongoing and in order not to prejudice any of that process we will not be making any comment until the conclusion of our investigation."

– A Derby County spokesman:

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