Joe Aribo backtracks on Gerrard and Villa links

Joe Aribo backtracks on Gerrard and Villa links
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 21: Rangers player Joe Aribo looks on during the warm up before the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 21, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Joe Aribo has today backtracked on his previous commitment to Rangers by evading talk on his future after being quizzed on Steven Gerrard, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace.

The Nigerian midfielder previously revealed he was happy with life at Rangers and wasn’t thinking of leaving, but when asked specifically about Gerrard and Villa as well as Vieira and Palace evaded the subject by only saying he wasn’t think about that stuff ‘right now’.

It marks a subtle change in wording from the creative playmaker where rather than equivocally rejecting interest from other parties, he could only say he was focused on Nigeria.

He said:

“I’m not focused on that. Right now I’m with Nigeria so I’m just focusing on playing with my country and representing my country. Like I said I’m not focused on all of that stuff, I’m just focusing on Nigeria right now.”

On Gerrard, however, he opened up:

“He’s a good coach on and off the pitch. He really helped me settle my first time away from home so I’ve got no bad word to say about him.”

Consider the previous quotes which were clear as indicating he wasn’t thinking about leaving, this is a softening of stance somewhat.

With one year left on his deal, there’s no question his market value is going down rapidly unless Rangers can get him on a new contract, but with the tone in his words here, we’d suggest Rangers might be wise to cash in if his heart is beginning to look elsewhere.

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  1. I agree ,but we must find a buyer first or else will be nowt at end of next season ,he blows hot and cold too much for me at a big club like gers where it is needed week in week out .

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