By Sam Stone

14th Jul, 2022 | 9:06am

Rangers: Giovanni van Bronckhorst admits Calvin Bassey is likely to leave Rangers

Giovanni van Bronkhorst believes Calvin Bassey needs a couple more years of development at Rangers before the defender inevitably departs Ibrox.

Sky Sports reported on 26 May that Aston Villa are among a number of clubs interested in the 22-year-old defender.

However, the Rangers boss believes he can help the Nigerian international develop before selling him on for a fee but he admits that “you never know” what might happen.

As quoted by the Daily Record on Thursday (14 July) the Rangers boss said: “I am more than happy to help Bassey in his development and to make sure he comes to reach a level where everyone will say the best thing for him is to move on.

“He wants to develop himself, and hopefully we can have him longer here because his development needs to be a couple of years more before he reaches the level that he will be comfortable to get into a new team.”

Van Bronckhorst added: “You never know what will happen.

“The potential Bassey has is massive, that is potential also other teams will notice he has.

“The club is a winner because we developed him and we will get a transfer fee.

“And the player as well, he will have a fantastic time here then move on.”

Contract issues

The Gers boss has seemingly forgotten about the contract issues that could surround Bassey if he remains at the club this summer.

Rangers are understood to be commanding £25million for the defender if he was to leave Ibrox this summer and the Gers are in a strong position to command that fee at present.

However, Bassey’s contract is entering its final two years, with his current deal coming to its conclusion in the summer of 2024.

The Gers have already suffered financially this summer with Joe Aribo departing Ibrox for an initial £6million for Premier League side Southampton.

Rangers also face contract issues with Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos.

The Gers cannot afford Bassey to fall into a similar situation next summer.

£25million is a huge fee for Rangers and that would only decrease significantly next summer if the Gers failed to agree on a new deal with Bassey.

Bassey won’t be at Ibrox forever and the club must make the correct decision that will benefit the Gers financially.

Listening to offers this summer would not be a bad idea.

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