Calvin Bassey has said that James Maddison helped convince him to move from Leicester City to Glasgow Rangers.
Bassey recently moved to the ‘Gers from the Foxes on a free transfer, although he is reportedly said to have cost £230,000 in compensation. At 20 years of age, he is unlikely to be a guaranteed starter in Steven Gerrard’s starting XI, although he did score on his debut against Hamilton in a friendly and could be able to at least provide competition for Borna Barisic.
Talking to The Scottish Sun, Bassey said:
“I spoke to James Maddison about Scottish football as he was with Aberdeen.
“I asked about his experiences up here and he told me to give my all, work hard and do my thing on the training ground and when my chance comes along, then to take it.
“He thought I could do well, so hopefully he is right.
“It’s not an easy to make a decison on your future for someone as young as me, but as soon as Rangers came in it was a privilege to join a world-famous club.
“I took myself out of my comfort zone and moved away from family, but you’ve got to make some sacrifices and that’s one I had to make.
“I’m just focusing on where I’m at now and will do my ultimate to become as good as I can and fulfil my potential.”
Maddison previouslu had a loan spell at Aberdeen, hence why he was able to advise Bassey to move north of the border. The 23-year-old played 17 games for the Dons, scoring twice and providing seven assists. It clearly set him on the right path, with him since becoming an England international and currently being valued at £43.2m by Transfermarkt.
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Both Bassey and Gerrard will be hoping that the left-back can have the same trajectory in the long-term as Maddison, in which case he would almost certainly enjoy a successful career at Ibrox.
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