Steven Gerrard has revealed Eros Grezda will be leaving Rangers this summer after a disappointing 12 months at Ibrox.
The Light Blues manager confirmed the Albania international was one individual who would be seeking new pastures, with Brest and Dijon thought to be interested, and admitted there was a sense of frustration that the 24-year-old just could not get settled and adapt to the demands Scottish football provides players.
“I think it has been frustrating for everyone,” Gerrard told The Scotsman. “He came with an injury and found it very hard to shake that off and come back in a good place. He had other niggles and I think he has found the whole game here and demands here tough. He has been honest and open about that.
“But there is still a talent there. I have no doubt he can go to a league, a team and a manager that might suit his style and be a success.”
It is hardly surprising to hear that Gerrard has been frustrated with how things have gone as Grezda failed to show why Rangers splashed out a reported £2million fee on his signature last summer.
In his sole season with NK Osijek, the 24-year-old looked to be a lively talent as he managed to record eight goals and three assists in his 37 matches across all competitions.
Gerrard had revealed that Borna Barisic and Nikola Katic had told him about how good Grezda is and stated that he was “by a mile Osijek’s best player last season” (BBC). However, he simply could not get going whilst in Scotland, which led to the manager publicly telling him that he needed to work hard for a shirt back in January.
Injury problems hit him hard throughout the campaign though as he missed 20 games for the club whilst out on the sidelines (according to Transfermarkt), as the Albania international would only go on to make 17 appearances across all competitions, chipping in with just two goals and one assist.
Hearing that he will leave this summer is not shocking and is something the player will have already likely known was coming. At the end of May, it was revealed Grezda and his agent would hold talks with Gerrard about his future at the club after being frustrated with how things had gone on a personal level.
With alleged interest from Brest and Dijon thought to be on the table in regards to the Albanian, Rangers will be hoping it should not be too difficult to cut their losses on the winger and recoup some of the money they spent on him 12 months ago.
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