Fabio Cardoso wants Rangers stay

Wes Foderingham of Rangers talks with Fabio Cardoso of Rangers during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Celtic FC at Ibrox Stadium on September 23, 2017 in...

Glasgow Rangers defender Fabio Cardoso has been linked with a move away from Ibrox.

Fabio Cardoso of Rangers gestures during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Celtic FC at Ibrox Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers defender Fabio Cardoso has told The Scottish Sun that he does not plan to leave Ibrox in the January transfer window.

The 23-year-old central defender joined Rangers from Vitoria Setubal in the summer of 2017 and was brought to Ibrox by then manager Pedro Caixinha.

According to The Daily Record, the Gers had to pay a transfer fee of £1.3 million in order to secure the services of the 23-year-old.

Last month, Portuguese news outlet A Bola credited Estoril Praia with interest in the former Benfica prospect.

The Scottish Sun reported earlier this month that Rangers are looking to offload Cardoso in the January transfer window.

Setubal's defender Fabio Cardoso  during the Pre Season match between SL Benfica and Vitoria Setubal at Estadio do Algarve on July 14, 2016 in Faro, Portugal.

The Portuguese defender, though, has made it clear that he does not plan to leave Graeme Murty’s side anytime soon.

Cardoso told The Scottish Sun: I don’t want to give up. I could give up and try to find another team. But playing for Rangers is going to help me a lot in my career.

“I’m learning a lot here, even when I’m not playing. This is the right place for me to develop as a footballer, as a person and to be successful. If the manager wants me here, I want to stay.”

Simon Murray of Hibernian takes on Fabio Cardoso of Rangers during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow,...

Rangers are third in the Scottish Premiership table at the moment with 40 points from 22 matches.

The Glasgow giants are only three points behind second-placed Aberdeen and are very much in the running for the runners-up spot.

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