Leeds United employee 'seen acting suspiciously' outside Derby County's training ground

Harry Wilson, Jack Clarke and Jayden Bogle have all impressed this season

The Derby statement read: "Derby County Football Club can confirm that officers from the Derbyshire Constabulary were called to the Derby County training centre at around 11:20am on Thursday 10th January 2019 following reports of a man acting suspiciously outside the premises".

Derby manager Frank Lampard suspended training and the Football Association are investigating the incident.

"I don't think we need to [make a complaint] because he's admitted it".

Derby County have very much been the nearly-men of the Championship over the past few years, often falling at the final hurdles keeping them from returning to the Premier League. Obviously it's not just Derby County.

"We had somebody the day before our first game against them, which we lost 4-1", said Lampard.

Now Leeds can beat you 4-1, they're a fantastic team, but we had somebody in the bushes that day, twice this season now. The man was asked to leave but it wasn't followed up like it has been this time.

'I think it makes it easier to deal with, because at least on a sportsman's level it's bad in my opinion.

"If we're going to start talking about "culturally, I did it somewhere else" - that doesn't work for me".

'The fortunate thing is that it has disrupted us without really doing anything.

"So I think you look at all three of those games and you think, we can go away from home and play well and almost get a result against Chelsea and obviously win the other two games".

Explaining the situation, Lampard outlined that the spy will have been privy to important tactical information about his team, including the absence of Harry Wilson.

Earlier a Derbyshire Police statement had confirmed a man was removed from a position near the club's training ground. So I actually was made aware of it after training and then later with a phone call. For me to see that, to believe that.

A visibly furious Frank Lampard has slammed Marcelo Bielsa for sending a Leeds United employee to spy on Derby County after the Argentine accepted full responsibility.

The incident, which saw manager Frank Lampard suspend a training session, has prompted suggestion that United were spying on County in preparation for a key league game.

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