Arsenal youngster Gedion Zelalem says that he spoke to Arsene Wenger and Steve Bould prior to joining Rangers on loan, the Daily Mail report.
The German-born ace joined the Scottish giants on a six-month loan deal last week and made an immediate impact at the club, providing an assist in a 5-0 League Cup win over Airdrie.
His decision to further his development north of the border may have come as a surprise to many, but Zelalem has explained to reporters how he received all the necessary backing from his Arsenal bosses.
“I spoke to Arsene Wenger and (assistant) Steve Bould and they thought coming up to Rangers was a great opportunity for me, especially for my first loan. I’ll get on the ball here at lot because we’ll have a lot of the possession,” Zelalem says.
“They left the final decision to me but they had nothing but great things to say about the club and the manager. They said he believes in young players and the style of football was a major factor in me joining Rangers.”
One of the biggest benefits of joining Rangers is that Zelalem will get plenty of opportunities to shine, especially as boss Mark Warburton is the type of manager to give youngsters a chance.
Moreover, with the club expected to win the majority of their Scottish Championship fixtures, the 18-year-old midfielder can develop a winning mentality which will stand him in good stead.
Likewise with a number of players before him, if Zelalem continues his progress at Rangers, he will be given an opportunity to break through at the Emirates.
Predominantly a controlling midfielder with plenty of ability on the ball, the talented youngster certainly fills a role which is very much in-demand, and that can only aid his future prospects in North London.