Ryan Kent was commissioned by Rangers captain James Tavernier with a tip for a move to the Premier League. The attacker was on the verge of a quick return to England earlier this summer and Leeds was on duty.
Rangers managed to land a £ 7 deal. 5 million with Liverpool and Kent have now taken his game to the next level under Steven Gerrard.
Leeds wanted to test the Scottish giants’ determination earlier this summer by placing a bid of around £ 10 million.
However, the club was simply not ready to hold any further offers and made the whites aware of its stance on a sale.
While Ibrox was pleased that the deal never came off, Ger’s skipper Tavernier has no illusions that teammate Kent is destined for the Premier League.
Before the Europa League clash with Benfica, he said: “Ryan has all the qualities to be a really great player.
« He’s going there, you can see that. He scores goals and adds numbers to his game. Hopefully this will continue.
“He shows incredible consistency. There’s nothing like Ryan in the Premier League and hopefully that day comes – after this season. «
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Leeds sporting director Victor Orta has since shed light on the ordeal, revealing that the Rangers created the impression they weren’t interested in selling Kent as they plan to dethrone Celtic at the SPFL summit.
« We tried and we clearly believe the Glasgow Rangers don’t want the player to leave. « . It was never their plan to bring Kent to market. «
Meanwhile, Rangers boss Gerrard claims Kent has the potential to explode if he keeps performing and keeping his head bowed.
The former Liverpool and England captain said: “[He can be] as good as he wants. Ryan has all the tools and the ability and talent to keep improving and, without a doubt, move on to another level.
“People judge Ryan on goals and templates, and of course we do to a certain extent, but we also judge him daily after his application. He’s in great shape. He trains extremely hard in the gym and on the training field.
« He is professional and selfless to the team. People often wonder why we have so much confidence and why he plays a lot of games. This is because – in and outside of the property – he gets exactly what we are trying to achieve in line with our philosophy.
« He does a lot of work that people probably don’t notice when it comes to blocking lines and being in the right place to get the ball back.
« He’s aggressive like a winger, which is rare. I’m a huge Ryan Kent fan. He can walk safely and it is imperative that we keep him at this football club if we are to be true to what we all want, which is success. ”
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