Hull City manager Steve Bruce has told talkSPORT that ‘there is no chance’ he will agree to sell Tom Huddlestone to Derby County. The midfielder has been linked with a return to his former club, but Bruce insists he wants him to remain at the KC Stadium.

The 29-year-old has struggled to command a regular place in the Tigers’ midfield for most of the season, with Bruce preferring the combination of David Meyler and Jake Livermore in recent times. However Huddlestone remains a big part of Bruce’s thoughts and revealed that selling him to one of their direct promotion rivals wouldn’t be good business of his part.

Although his contract is up at the end of the season, Bruce wants to extends Huddlestone’s stay in East Yorkshire and believes his squad would be weaker for his departure,

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“Am I really going to sell Tom Huddlestone to Derby, our biggest competitor at this particular time? There is no chance – even if they offered the crown jewels, that I would be selling to Derby at this particular moment.

He is out of contract at the end of the season and I would like to keep him. If we are in the Championship (next season) then we probably can’t afford Tom Huddlestone, but he is vital to us now.

He is an experienced player, a Premier League player in my opinion, and I wouldn’t want to be selling him now to anybody, especially top of the Championship.”

Huddlestone is again expected to be on the bench tomorrow evening as Hull City entertain Cardiff City in a crucial Championship encounter. He did play the whole 90 minutes in the weekend victory over another Championship promotion rival in the form of Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup. However with only a point separating Derby and Hull in the top three, it is safe to say the clubs won’t be exchanging any player, any time soon.

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