Exclusive: Savage set for shock move to American league
Published 17:39 12/01/11 By Steve Anglesey
Robbie Savage is weighing up whether to quit Derby for a shock move to America's MLS.
Vancouver Whitecaps have targeted the veteran midfielder and MirrorFootball columnist to be the face of their new Major League Soccer franchise - and want him to start immediately.
Savage said: "The presentation they made to me was brilliant. To be honest, it blew me away.
"I am fully committed to Derby and seeing out the end of my contract there but Vancouver have asked whether they will release me so I can be ready for the MLS season starting in March.
"Derby have got a big decision to make and if they say I can go, then so have I."
The move is likely to be given a reluctant thumbs-up by County as Whitecaps chief investor Jeff Mallett, a founder of internet giant Yahoo and owner of baseball's World series champions San Francisco Giants, also owns a sizeable stake in the Pride Park side.
Savage is reluctant to walk out as Derby captain with their Championship future uncertain - and also pondering the impact a switch to America would have on his burgeoning career as a pundit for Radio Five Live and ESPN.
And he said: "In a way, I wish the presentation Vancouver made me hadn't been so good.
"They are a new team in the MLS, they're moving to a new £300m stadium and they are very ambitious. The chance to be part of making soccer popular in America, alongside people like David Beckham and Thierry Henry, is obviously very tempting.
"But it is up to Derby now, and depending on what they say I will then talk to my family, and to the BBC and ESPN."