Ben Davies’ anticipated exit from Rangers had no chance of happening, simply because the wages were too high for Preston and other Championship sides, while Stoke’s late loan bid was outright rejected.
Rangers are left with a surplus player on a wage around £30,000 a week, with a contract lasting a further three years, all because of Ross Wilson’s dreadful negotiations and atrocious eye for a player lumbered the club with a modest League One-level defender at the price of a top Rangers defender.
City made a late bid, but Davies wasn’t interested in going anywhere on loan – why should he be?
Unlike, like him or not, Ianis Hagi and his arrogant demands to play, and move away to do so, Davies is quite happy at Ibrox on his incredible salary with four years financial security netting him a total of £6M.
And he wasn’t going anywhere where he’d make less.
Can we blame him for that? Not strictly – he clearly hasn’t quite ‘made his money in football’ and isn’t yet in Jack Butland’s position to accept a wage drop in order to actually play football, the ex-Palace man actually having a few quid in the bank.
No, Davies couldn’t believe his luck to get Liverpool then Rangers, including having a reported £60,000 a week at Liverpool. Yes, really – even if that’s not 100% accurate, the boy is making big cash for doing not a whole lot in all honesty, and Rangers can’t get rid.
He’s quite happy making his football, doing his training, and he’s not bothered if he doesn’t play. Once this contract is expired he’ll have his £6M+ in the bank and move on to another club.
Rangers are stuck with him unless a Championship club is willing to pay his wages from January onwards.