According to The Telegraph, Derby County are in talks with Mason Bennett over a new contact and the forward is close to committing his future to the club.

The 23-year-old’s current contract at the club expires at the end of the season.

Speculation had risen over the future of Bennett following his involvement in the off-field incident involving Tom Lawrence and former captain Richard Keogh.

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Keogh’s injury ruled him out for the season and prompted his sacking.

Lawrence and Bennett were both fined six wages by the club. They were banned from driving and ordered to do community service following their drink-driving actions.

Bennett came through the Derby academy and was handed his debut under Nigel Clough.

Predominantly a striker, the youngster was moved to a wide role last season under Frank Lampard and enjoyed his best season at Pride Park to date.

Bennett posted three goals and four assists in 33 Championship appearances. He started both the playoff semi-final at Leeds United and the final against Aston Villa.

Derby still seemingly see him as an asset, and they are looking to extend his contract.

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Bennett, meanwhile, is currently side-lined with an injury he picked up in the 1-0 win over Preston North End back in November. He should return to action later this month.

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