Derby County released their retained list on Monday, and Scott Carson won’t have to wait long for his next club.

Carson’s contract with Derby officially ends later this month, but the Rams have confirmed that he will be leaving.

The 35-year-old joined Derby back in 2015, and racked up 171 appearances for the club – but the 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday in March 2019 proved to be his last game for Derby.

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DERBY, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 21: Scott Carson of Derby County looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at iPro Stadium on February 21, 2018 in Derby, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Carson has spent the last two seasons on loan at Manchester City, playing just once as their third-choice stopper.

 

City have seemingly been impressed enough to give him a full-time deal, with the Manchester Evening News reporting that Carson is set to join permanently.

Pep Guardiola branded Carson a ‘real leader’ despite many suggesting that he was only being kept at the Etihad Stadium for homegrown quota reasons.

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NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – MAY 14: Scott Carson of Manchester City looks on during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St. James Park on May 14, 2021 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Peter Powell – Pool/Getty Images)

It’s clear that Carson is important around the City squad and in their dressing room, so whilst Derby haven’t wanted him for more than two years now, he’s valued with the Premier League champions.

Some may question the wisdom of Derby’s stance on Carson over the last couple of years, but his time is now officially coming to an end – and he gets to stay with the Premier League winners whilst Derby consider their summer business.

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