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MK Dons manager Russell Martin is still hoping to keep hold of the ‘excellent’ Matty Sorinola with Celtic and Rangers sniffing around the out-of-contract full-back, as reported by the MK Citizen. 

As far back as February, Martin admitted that his 20-year-old starlet had had his ‘head turned’ by offers from elsewhere. 

Four months later, MK Dons have still not convinced Sorinola to commit his future to the League One outfit – though that is not for a lack of trying. 

Martin insists that MK Dons have offered their fresh-faced wideman ‘a really good contract’. As it stands, however, a free-transfer exit is looking increasingly likely.

The London-born left-back is a target for Old Firm rivals Celtic and Rangers, while Premier League duo Leeds United and Norwich City are also interested (TEAMtalk).

“He has got other options, and recognises the role MK Dons and his team-mates have played in his career. If that’s enough to keep him, then it won’t be a decision he has made lightly,” says Martin, the former Rangers and Norwich defender.  

“Whatever decision he makes will be the right one for him. We’ll have to wait and see. Hopefully we can keep him. 

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“We have to accept he might leave. He has been offered a really good contract here. 

“I love Matty, I feel such a strong connection with him. I shared a dressing room with him. He’s a brilliant person, and is a brilliant player. It has been a pleasure watching him play and develop. I hope he can continue to be a part of it here next season. 

“Selfishly, he’s an excellent player and I think he’d be great here with another year of development and playing more games. 

“But if his desire is to play at a higher level and he has the option, then we have to respect that too. Whatever he wishes to do, it won’t have come easy to him.” 

Sorinola has been one of League One’s most impressive breakthrough stars in 2020/21.

He even produced a hat-trick of assists in March’s 3-2 triumph over Accrington Stanley, cutting in from the left onto his wand of a right foot to devastating effect. 

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