Sources: Rangers to reject Ridvan sale this summer at any price

Sources: Rangers to reject Ridvan sale this summer at any price
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 14: David Neres of SL Benfica is challenged by Ridvan Yilmaz of Rangers during the UEFA Europa League 2023/24 round of 16 second leg match between Rangers FC and SL Benfica at Ibrox Stadium on March 14, 2024 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Ibrox Noise sources tell us Rangers have put the club’s foot down over Ridvan Yilmaz, and will not entertain interest in him this summer at all, with Rangers boss Philippe Clement more than happy with the young Turkish left back and pinpointing him for a long-term berth at left back.

In further news, we’re learning that the ex-Basiktas defender, 22, may be getting a new contract two years into his deal to give him a significant wage increase above his current modest £11,000 a week.

This is to keep him happy at Ibrox and potentially to tie him down for longer than his current deal which expires in summer 2027 and will include a significant escape clause, with £20M being claimed.

Rangers have settled happily on the young left back as first choice, and want him there long term, but need to keep him happy and away from the nonsense speculation which comes out of Turkey on a daily basis about all their overseas players.

This means finding a new deal for him to bring him in line with the club’s higher earners, because while few would sniff at £11K a week, he’s on a quarter of Connor Goldson and Danilo, while arguably offering a lot more than either.

To stave off any bids this summer, Rangers are looking to raise his wage and keep him happy in Govan long term.

Of course, 2027 is a long time away, but summer isn’t, and the interest will return once more, with clubs like Galatasaray always linked with Ridvan, while other clubs in other countries are looking at him as well.

He has finally found his feet at Rangers, has become number one choice, and can even speak English quite well now, and Rangers want to reward him with his commitment with actions, not words.

The escape clause is standard, and it is being said Rangers won’t entertain anything less than that in a new deal, with the number being set at £15M-£20M.

Ridvan is part of Clement’s long-term plans at Rangers, and the board wants to keep it that way.

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