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Darrell Clarke Keen to Remain Focussed as Transfer Speculation Grows

Darrell Clarke has refused to be drawn into speculation linking some of his players with departures ahead of the transfer deadline.
Walsall manager Clarke has spoken ahead of this weekend's League Two clash with Mansfield Town and refused to be drawn into the speculation which currently surrounds several of the Saddlers squad.

Despite the majority of the current first-team squad entering the final few months of their deals, the manager is keen to focus on the here and now and is looking forward to the January Transfer Window closing late on Monday evening.

Clarke admitted that the Saddlers have been contacted over potential departures - with striker Elijah Adebayo and defender Zak Jules said to be on the wish lists of Huddersfield Town and Milton Keynes Dons respectively - but insists he is fully focussed on the Stags.

Speaking via the now normal pre-match Zoom conference, Darrell said; "Who knows what the window is going to bring.

"It's common knowledge that there's interest in some of our players but for me the focus is on Saturday.

"The window shuts at 11pm Monday night, we'll see where we are after that. My focus is to try and get three points against a team in Mansfield that are in a bit of form."

The gaffer went on to admit that losing key players in the Transfer Window is part and parcel of football in the lower leagues, before conceding that it is something he, and other managers simply had to adapt to.

Clarke continued; "We'll let the other stuff take care of itself, it normally does. There's a lot of work going on on both sides of the coin.

"We'll see where we are on Tuesday morning. I've been here quite a few times as a manager and lost key players in windows.

"All I'd say is that as a manager you have to adapt to whatever comes, and I will do. We'll move forward and see what happens.

"As a manager you want to keep your best players at the football club. Also you're realistic as a lower league manager that sometimes it's the case."

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