Cedric Itten has suggested his loan move away from Glasgow Rangers to Greuther Furth has helped reignite his career.
The Lowdown: Itten moves to Germany
In the summer, Itten made the loan move to the Bundesliga’s Furth after a difficult spell with the Gers.
After scoring against Bayern Munich, the 24-year-old has now been recalled to the Switzerland squad for their latest international matches.
The Latest: Itten discusses move
Speaking to SRF (via The Glasgow Times), Itten has been discussing his switch to Furth on a temporary basis, and he seems to be enjoying his time in Germany. He said:
“The call-up was pleasant news, it’s always very nice when a coach believes in you.
“I think the goal scored against Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga was decisive.
“Ultimately I am playing quite regularly and I have also found the way to the goal. Everything is a consequence of what has been done.
“I’m happy to be back here and I’ll try to enjoy these moments.
“I was very happy to see the boys again. It is a great honour to be part of this.
“It’s another type of football (in Germany), which looks more like Switzerland. It’s a lot harder there.”
The Verdict: Needed
Itten’s spell at Rangers did not exactly go as planned after making the move to Ibrox from St. Gallen in his native Switzerland.
In 42 matches, he scored just six times and provided three assists (Transfermarkt) – not exactly what Steven Gerrard will have been expecting. The Gers boss did call him “magnificent” in December last year, and that is something he will have wanted to say more often (rangers.co.uk).
Should Rangers have kept Itten?
The move to Furth has given him a chance to kickstart his career once more, and his goal against Bayern has seen him receive recognition from new Switzerland boss Murat Yakin.
In the end, this could be a win-win situation – if £3.15m-valued Itten (Transfermarkt) does well over the next few months, he could return to Ibrox at the top of his game and prove to be a key player for the Gers, or be sold for a decent fee.
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