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The former Rams chief executive has admitted his excitement at joining the Premier League champions but believes the Midlands club has a very bright future

Outgoing Derby County chief executive Tom Glick says leaving the Rams to join Manchester City is a "bittersweet" move.

The American will join City as their chief commercial and operating officer in August and admits leaving Derby was tough after a "positive journey."

Glick told BBC Radio Derby: "It is very exciting. It's a chance to be working at the top end of global sport.

"But it's also bittersweet because I know what Derby County are about to do and, not only that, it's been an unbelievably positive journey for me.

"I will miss living here and will miss being a part of "phase two" where Derby kick on, and I know they will.

"Nigel Clough [Derby manager] has been a terrific partner and I cannot emphasise enough what good hands this club is in with Nigel and his team. We will be a better football team in the year ahead.

"The academy is starting to produce in spades and, in addition to the five debutants this season, there will be more to come every year.

"I am excited about where that will go and confident that Derby will kick on. Not being here to be part of that is disappointing."

Glick is excited to be joining City and described his future involvement with the Premier League champions as a "privilege."

"They have done amazing things this year, and over the last three years, and I am confident they will continue to do great things," Glick said.

"It's a privilege to have the chance to be a part of that."

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