Premier League loanee discusses whether he would be open to returning to Rangers next season

Arsenal midfielder Gedion Zelalem has suggested he could return to Ibrox if things at the Gunners do not appear to be moving forward this summer.

Rangers could be in with a chance of keeping hold of at least one of their talented Premier League youngsters for their first campaign back in the top flight as Arsenal midfielder Gedion Zelalem has suggested that he could return to Ibrox next season, as quoted by the London Evening Standard.

Zelalem has been an important player for the Gers when fit this season after joining on loan last summer initially until January, and his deal was extended until the end of the campaign after he impressed in his first six months at the club.

He played the last two minutes of normal time and the entirety of the extra 30 minutes against Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final Old Firm clash at Hampden Park, and coolly converted from the spot in the shootout under intense pressure.

That was the 19-year-old's 23rd appearance of the season in all competitions, but Mark Warburton has previously suggested that he believes it to be unlikely that the teenager will return on loan again next season.

A report earlier this month suggested that Arsene Wenger is looking to integrate Zelalem this summer ahead of giving him the chance to break into the first team at the Emirates Stadium season.

However, Zelalem has suggested that if things do not go as planned for him with the Gunners, he could yet return to Ibrox on another temporary basis next season.

The 19-year-old said, as quoted by the Standard: "Firstly I'm going to go back to pre-season with Arsenal and see how I do there. If it doesn't work out there then this is another option.

"I haven't spoken to the gaffer here [at Rangers] yet about it but I'm sure that conversation will come up.

"This is what I wanted in football, to play in these types of games and big derbies be it Arsenal v Tottenham or Rangers v Celtic. I'm living the dream and I hope to continue to do that."

Zelalem has just one FA Cup start and one Champions League substitute appearance to his name at the Gunners so far, but will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Alex Iwobi by establishing himself as a top emerging talent next season.

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