Warburton plans talks over Ibrox deal for Gedion Zelalem, describes relationship with Arsenal

Mark Warburton wants to keep Gedion Zelalem at Rangers.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he is keen to secure an extended loan deal for midfielder Gedion Zelalem.

In a busy summer for Warburton in which he managed to secure the signatures of a number of players, including that of Arsenal's teenage star Zelalem.

Following loan deals with Tottenham for Dominic Ball and Nathan Oduwa, Rangers went to the other North London club by snapping up highly-rated playmaker Zelalem on loan until January.

The 18-year-old is tipped to have a big future at the Emirates Stadium, but manager Arsene Wenger chose to loan him out in order to give him some first-team experience - and he has certainly had that, featuring regularly under Warburton so far this term.

Zelalem is currently only staying at Ibrox until January, with the option to extend that deal and keep him in Glasgow until the end of the season, something which Warburton is seemingly keen to do.

Speaking to the Glasgow Evening Times, Warburton has admitted that he is looking to keep Zelalem at the club, and given that he is in regular contact with Arsenal, hopes a deal can be pushed through before his loan deal expires in the New Year.

"It's up to us to create an environment that those clubs feel is right for their players. That's our job," said Warburton. "Because they won't lend us their assets unless they feel they are looked after here and developed here."

"I hope he is very much enjoying it, the relationships between the clubs are good and I hope very much that we can keep him. We always talk with Arsenal and we talk about how he is progressing, They watch him every game," he added.

The German-born midfielder has yet to find the back of the net for Rangers, and that's definitely something he will be looking to do during his time at Ibrox - whether that's until January or next summer.

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