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Derby cancel US pre-season tour

Paul Jewell
Paul Jewell will lead his side on a tour of Holland in July (Getty)

Derby County have cancelled their plans for a close-season tour of the United States and will instead go to Holland.

"We wanted to go to America for obvious reasons. But logistically it wasn't going to work so we have decided to stay in Europe," said Jewell.

"It's a pity for the American owners but the important thing in pre-season is preparation of the players."

Meanwhile the Rams have also entered discussions with Dutch top-flight side FC Utrecht about a possible link-up.

Jewell said: "Talks are in their infancy now but we are keen to forge links with clubs right across Europe and beyond."

No dates have been confirmed for the pre-season tour but it is expected to be some time in early July.

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