Danny Mills believes that Ryan Kent’s future at Glasgow Rangers depends on whether the Ibrox outfit qualify for the Champions League group stages.
Mills makes Kent claim
Kent was heavily linked with a move to Leeds United last summer, with the Whites even having a £10m bid for the 24-year-old rejected (rte.ie).
Speaking to Football Insider, Mills believes that the Premier League outfit could make another move for the winger, but says that he will stay at Ibrox if the Gers get through the Champions League qualifying rounds. When asked if Leeds would make a move for Kent if Helder Costa departs, the ex-England defener said:
“Yes, I would think so.
“But the pull of Champions League may be too much.
“That will all depend on Rangers going through qualifying, if they can get through the qualification process then suddenly it changes things again for them.
“Players will go ‘Hang on a minute, I want to test myself. I want to play against the best and give it a real good go.’ And the financial impact [for the club].
“Players want to play against the best and if you play well in the Champions League your fee and value goes up massively.
“It’s something I would suggest will depend on what happens to Rangers in the Champions League.”
At some point, it will be hard for £7.2m-valued Kent (Transfermarkt) to resist the temptation of the English top flight. With more money on offer and greater competition, it is a bigger draw than the Scottish Premiership, of that there is little doubt. However, this summer the Gers could well be able to offer enough advantages to keep him at the club.
Will Ryan Kent leave in the summer?
As Mills has hinted, the Champions League is the obvious one. With all due respect to Leeds, it is likely to be years before they even have a chance of reaching that competition. Rangers, meanwhile, would need to get through just a couple of two-legged rounds to make the groups.
Should they prevail, there is no reason for Kent to depart just yet, and his stock should only rise if he gets to perform in Europe’s premier club competition.
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