ANDRE Wisdom’s move to Derby County is not linked to Will Hughes joining Liverpool in January.
Reports have suggested Liverpool are in pole position to land Hughes after Reds defender Wisdom signed for on a season-long youth loan.
But Derby say that is pure coincidence.
“I think the Andre Wisdom deal was very much as a result of Liverpool’s desire for him to come to Derby and further his football education,” said Rush.
“Andre was the top of Steve McClaren’s list of people he wanted to bring in to strengthen the squad.
“So no, there is no connection with Will Hughes at all.”
Rush said Hughes’ situation at Derby had not changed.
“There has been no further movement in terms of Will,” Rush added.
“From our point of view we are just looking forward to watching him continue to play for Derby County.”
Speculation continues to price Hughes at £15m but Derby say they have not put a value on the player.