Rangers boss Mark Warburton shares reason why Nathan Oduwa left Ibrox for Tottenham return

Mark Warburton claims Nathan Oduwa didn't ask to leave Rangers.

Rangers boss Mark Warburton has told the Daily Mail that all parties felt it was best that winger Nathan Oduwa returned to parent club Tottenham Hotspur.

Oduwa, 19, has come up through the ranks with Tottenham, and having been farmed out on loan to Luton Town last season, the winger then signed for Rangers in August.

With a season-long loan deal penned, the move to Ibrox was supposed to give Oduwa some stability this season, aiding his development before returning to Spurs this summer.

Initially, Oduwa made a huge impact at Ibrox, impressing fans with his direct running and nonchalant trickery, whilst dazzling opposition defenders with his skills.

However, Oduwa has gradually faded at Rangers, and has slipped down the pecking order in recent weeks, eventually culminating in his departure from Ibrox on Sunday afternoon.

Fellow Spurs loanee Dominic Ball has remained with the Gers, prompting fans to question just why Oduwa has ended up back at White Hart Lane.

Now, Gers boss Mark Warburton has told the Daily Mail that Oduwa did not ask to leave Ibrox, but rather that all parties agreed that it would be best for Oduwa's development if he went back to Spurs to either play for their Under-21's or go out on loan elsewhere.

"He didn't ask to go back," said Warburton. "We have a really close relationship with the clubs down south and we talk most days."

"Spurs and Rangers just felt it was best for his education, the next stage of his education, to go back — whether that's with their first-team squad, their under-21s or whether it's to go on loan again, I don't know. But we agreed it's the right thing to do and he's now gone back south," he added.

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