By Adefunmiloye Alani

14th Jan, 2022 | 9:30pm

Leon King rejected Manchester United and Newcastle to sign new Rangers deal

Leon King rejected juicy deals from Newcastle and Manchester United to extend his Rangers stay, according to Football Scotland.

The centre-back, 18, put pen to paper on a new deal that will keep him at Ibrox until 2024 earlier this year, but tempting offers were on the table from the billionaire-owned Premier League duo.

Rangers would have been due a fee had King opted to move to England, and there was a six-figure yearly wage being offered by the duo, but that was not enough to tempt the teenage sensation into an exit.

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The Light Blues academy graduate has always attracted clubs from south of the border, and while he has now committed his future to the club, that is not likely to end anytime soon.

However, the Bears now have a chance to get something tangible from any transfer as opposed to just compensation.

Nevertheless, King has to be commended for rejecting money and the glamour that come with playing in England for a continued stay at Glasgow.

He will now be keen to force himself into Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s first-team plans, and he is not too young to.

Rangers could do with more quality options at centre-back, and having King step up would come as a massive boost.

Chelsea, Liverpool and RB Leipzig were all monitoring his development back in November 2019, according to The Athletic’s Jordan Campbell.

Some regularly sent scouts to watch him, and that interest could start again the moment he starts playing senior football.

While the defender will now move into the first-team group on a permanent basis between now and the end of the season, a loan away from Ibrox next season could be on the cards.

In other Rangers news, a report has shared which players GvB will allow to leave Ibrox this month.