Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has admitted that he “can’t answer” whether Alfredo Morelos will remain part of his squad beyond this summer as he confessed that the constant questions over El Bufalo’s future have become “tiresome.”
Morelos has been linked with a move to Porto all summer as his agent touts him for a Rangers exit, adding to the lengthy list of clubs who have had their name mentioned alongside the Colombian in his four years at Ibrox.
Despite talk of a bid for the Ibrox hero, the Gers are said to be holding out for £20million to let Morelos go
After being asked directly about the latest rumours, Gerrard seemed resigned to lose the club’s all-time record European goalscorer and he discreetly pointed a finger at the source of the speculation.
“I don’t know. I can’t answer that for you,” Gerrard told Sky Sports.
“For me, we want the best version of Alfredo, that’s all we ever asked for. The manager, the players, the fans, that’s all we ask for.
“I’ve read a lot of stuff around Alfredo. I know where it’s coming from but I don’t know what’s going to happen with him.
“I’m not frustrated, I’m very happy. We’re just off the back of a fantastic season and I’m so excited for the next season but I get asked this question every window and every few weeks because you read more about Alfredo in terms of who he is linked with or where he’s possibly going to go rather than talk about what he does on a football pitch.
“It’s getting a bit tiresome that question.”
Morelos sale must be worth it for Rangers after phenomenal four years at Ibrox
Morelos’ contributions for Rangers have been incredible over the last four years and his haul of European goals – overtaking Ally McCoist’s previous record of 21 – is an outstanding return.
If, and likely when, Rangers sell El Bufalo, they need to make sure they maximise his value and don’t fall into the trap of letting him go cheaply.
Trying to include a sell-on clause would also be a good move for the Gers because there’s little doubt that if Morelos does leave Ibrox, he’s still going to be scoring goals regularly.
That will likely see him move on again for a mammoth fee so Rangers would be wise to plan ahead and try get themselves a slice of that.