Hamburg director: Rangers defender Bates turned down England offers

David Bates of Scottish club Rangers FC (R) collars Lucca of Brazilian club Corinthians during their Florida Cup soccer game at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Florida on January 13, 2018,...

Rangers defender David Bates has signed a pre-contract agreement with Hamburg that will see him leave Ibrox at the end of the season.

Referee Jonathan Bilinski gets between David Bates of Scottish club Rangers FC (R) and Lucca of Brazilian club Corinthians during their Florida Cup soccer game at Orlando City Stadium in...

Hamburg sporting director Johannes Spors has told the Daily Mail that Rangers defender David Bates turned down offers from England to chance his arm in German football.

The 21-year-old turned down an offer of £7,500 a week at Ibrox in order to sign a four-year deal with the Bundesliga club, who are almost set to be relegated as they sit in 17th place of the 18-team German top tier.

Signed as a youngster from Raith Rovers, Bates was thrown in at the deep end by Pedro Caixinha last season and looked somewhat inexperienced. But since then, he has arguably become the Gers' bets centre-back.

Moussa Dembele of Celtic controls the ball under pressure of David Bates of Rangers during the Scottish Cup Semi-Final match between Celtic and Rangers at Hampden Park on April 23, 2017 in...

Now, he will look to continue his rapid development in German football where a number of British stars have recently decided to try their luck. Spors claims Bates had more lucrative offers from elsewhere, with the Mail stating those offers came from English sides.

"In the situation Hamburg is in, we are always interested in getting good deals done," Spors said. "It's not a big risk for us financially. I know that David had a chance to earn far more money somewhere else. I know that for a fact.

"But this is a good chance for him to come to Hamburg and a new country and he has shown me he can handle the situation we have in Hamburg every week. It's a low-risk signing for us."

General view of Imtech Arena, home of the Hambuger SV on March 29, 2011 in Hamburg, Germany.

Bates is currently on the sidelines at Ibrox as he recovers from an injury, and will be leaving the club after what has been a tumultuous spell. 

But he will now look to impress in German football and follow in the footsteps of the likes of Jadon Sancho who moved to Borussia Dortmund from Man City. Everton's Ademola Lookman and West Ham's Reece Oxford are also on loan in Germany.

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