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Rapid Vienna captain Dejan Ljubicic has admitted he was never tempted by the idea of leaving in the summer despite reported interest from Celtic and Rangers, in quotes reported by Spox.

After losing star man and skipper Stefan Schwab to PAOK in early August, Rapid wasted no time in securing the services of their other highly rated midfielder for another year.

And while Ljubicic’s long-term future is still up in the air with his contract due to expire in 2021, the Austria U21 international will be staying put for the time being after being handed the chance to replace Schwab as Rapid’s captain.

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The Daily Mail reported in July that Celtic, Rangers, Southampton and Brentford were interested in the £2 million-rated midfield powerhouse.

But, as far as Ljubicic is concerned, his focus is on Rapid and nothing else right now.

“I got a lot of calls right up to the last minute. There were interested parties from abroad, but it was never specific,” Ljubicic explains. “Besides, I didn’t want to (leave) any more.

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“I am also maturing as a captain and can develop further. We haven’t had a conversation (about my contract) yet. I’m now only concentrating on football, on the games.”

With two assists in four Austrian Bundesliga games since taking the armband, Ljubicic has helped Rapid soar into the top two during an impressive start to 2020/21. However, seizing the title from Red Bull Salzburg’s grasp would be nothing short of a miracle.

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Rangers’ record transfers

  1. Tore Andre Flo (2000)

    £12.5m

  2. Ryan Kent (2019)

    £7m

  3. Michael Ball (2001)

    £6.5m

  4. Mikel Arteta (2002)

    £6m

  5. Giovani van Bronckhorst (1998)

    £5.5m

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