Derby to offer Mawene extension
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The defender's four-year deal is set to expire and Burley is keen to retain the services of the previously injury-prone stopper.
Mawene arrived at Derby in a £500,000 move from Lens in 2000, but has found his opportunities limited due to a series of knee injuries.
However, this season has seen the player stay injury-free and even win the club's Player of the Year award.
''This has probably been the first season Youl hasn't had any major injury problems and he has done very well,'' confirmed Burley.
''He's a player who will keep improving, plus he's an honest lad who's worked hard and I think the fans appreciate that.
''We will be offering a new contract and hope that he stays.''
Meanwhile, The Rams have dismissed reports linking three of their players with a move to Wolves.
Reports on Sunday suggested that goalkeeper Lee Grant, midfielder Lee Holmes and young defender Tom Huddlestone were interesting the Molineux club.
However, Derby's director of football Murdo Mackay stated that no formal interest has been received from the Black Country outfit.
"We've had no contact from Wolves regarding any of our players," Mackay told the club's official website.
"It is not part of our planning process for next season to sell players - we intend to build a successful squad, not take one apart.
"The directors are very supportive of this plan of action and we will continue to work towards that end."
Mackay also indicated that fresh contract talks will begin this week with four of their players in Richard Jackson, Junior, Adam Bolder and Holmes.