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Men’s Football Wagner warns clubs off poaching Huddersfield players

DAVID WAGNER issued another warning to rival clubs today that they will be wasting their time if they enquire about any of his players during the January transfer window.

Terriers head coach Wagner has been assured by club owner Dean Hoyle that no players will be sold without his say so and insisted recently the likes of Christopher Schindler and Aaron Mooy will be staying in West Yorkshire.

“They heard the message I sent out a few weeks ago,” Wagner said before his side closes a memorable 2017 at home against Burnley tomorrow.

“They can save their money for the phone call because we will not sell any player from our squad in this window who I don’t want to sell.”

Wagner made clear his thoughts on the £75 million good friend Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have agreed to pay Southampton for Dutch international Virgil van Dijk and joked Schindler was worth even more.

“I have to be careful now what I say because [Van Dijk] is Jurgen’s player,” Wagner said.

“I think everybody knows what a wonderful defender he is, but to be honest these are numbers I never deal with and I never thought about.

Schindler “was, for me, the stand out centre-back in the last Championship season and what I’ve seen in this Premier League season is outstanding as well.”

Australian international Mooy has also adapted seamlessly to life in the top flight and continues to prove a driving force in midfield.

“Everything I said about Christopher Schindler — just replace the name Christopher Schindler with Aaron Mooy,” Wagner said.

Huddersfield sit 11th in the table after collecting 23 points from 20 games and, like seventh-placed Burnley, have lost only one of their last five league matches.

Wagner, still open-minded as to whether he will strengthen his squad next month, is a big fan of Burnley boss Sean Dyche and described his side’s achievement this season as second only to that of Pep Guardiola’s runaway leaders Manchester City.

“What Sean and Burnley have done is outstanding,” Wagner added. “The results speak for themselves.

“They’re very difficult to break down, they have conceded the fourth lowest total of goals in the Premier League and this is an unbelievable achievement. Big credit to them.”

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