Steven Gerrard has revealed Rangers have rejected loan offers for Eros Grezda this summer, despite making him available to leave.
The Light Blues are thought to be looking to shift the Albania international winger off their books permanently after a rather poor debut campaign, although the manager subsequently denied an alleged offer of £1.75millon from Brest.
“We’ve had two or three loan requests for Eros but they don’t satisfy what we are looking for at the moment,” he told the Daily Record.
“It’s only natural, 12 months on, to have a better feel for the challenges that are going to come your way. I know my staff are doing everything they can to learn from where we went wrong last season, where we misjudged. You hope your players are professional enough to do the same.”
Gerrard has already admitted that Grezda would be leaving Rangers this summer, although it seems they are looking to recoup the reported £2m they spent on his signature last summer to prise him away from NK Osijek.
However, with his troubles with injury over the last 12 months, it might be difficult to find a permanent buyer for the 24-year-old, which appears evident with the loan interest thought to have been shown in him.
Grezda only managed to make 17 appearances in his debut campaign for Rangers, providing just two goals and one assist (Transfermarkt) as injuries meant he spent a further 20 matches in the treatment room for various ailments.
Gerrard has not hidden his frustrations about how things have gone for the former Osijek winger, especially after revealing ahead of the previous campaign that he was told the 24-year-old was “by a mile Osijek’s best player last season” (BBC) by fellow squad members Borna Barisic and Nikola Katic.
“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.”
Those frustrations were shared by the player as he revealed how frustrated he was with how things had gone on a personal level.
Grezda’s future clearly lies away from Rangers this summer as he seemingly is surplus to requirements at Ibrox under Gerrard.
However, it would appear a move away from the club can only happen should a buying club be prepared to take him off the Light Blues’ hands on a permanent basis and potentially give them the £2m they spent on him 12 months ago back.
Should a club take a chance on him remains to be seen, otherwise, Rangers might have no choice but to try and reach a compromise if they want him gone ahead of the upcoming campaign.
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