David Wagner insists player departures from Huddersfield Town will only be sanctioned if equal or better-quality replacements can be brought in.

The head coach accepts a number of his squad, including 18-goal top scorer Nahki Wells, could be targeted over the summer.

But the German repeated chairman Dean Hoyle’s assertion that there is no financial necessity to sell, and insisted: “I am relaxed.

“At this stage, there has been no suggestion of any other clubs being interested in our players.

“Of course this could change, but our chairman has made it clear we don’t need to earn money in this window.

“If a player leaves, it will only be because we can replace him with a player of equal or better quality.

“It will only happen if it’s a good decision on the football side for the future of the club.”

Forward Karim Matmour, midfielder Duane Holmes and keeper Lloyd Allinson are among those released by Town.

And Wagner said: “Such decisions will never be easy, but they are a part of my job and must be made.

“I have to be honest with every player.

“If I don’t see the chance for more game minutes than in the past, especially for young players, then we must speak about the future.

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“It is important they play games, but with the quality of the squad we plan to have, it will be harder for the to get those games.

“If they can find a club to get the minutes they need, it is important they take the opportunity.”