As reported by The Daily Mail, Rangers manager Steven Gerrard will delay a definitive decision on the future of Bruno Alves at Ibrox this summer, preferring to wait until after the World Cup in Russia.
Alves is currently with the Portugal squad at the summer tournament and although hasn’t yet played a single minute, is an influential part of his national team’s dressing room.
Rangers in the meantime are busy preparing for crucial UEFA Europa League qualifiers next month and having made many first team signings already, Gerrard has decisions to make on the players he inherited from Pedro Caixinha and Graeme Murty.
The Daily Mail report that the new boss has already made a £5m investment in the central defensive areas, meaning players like Alves face an uphill battle to save their Ibrox careers.
Gerrard though is willing to wait on a decision regarding the veteran.
As quoted by The Daily Mail, the Rangers boss said:
I haven’t spoken to Bruno yet. I have given him the respect he deserves and he has got very important things to focus on right now in terms of the World Cup and that should be his priority.
I don’t think I should be phoning him and having a conversation on his domestic career just yet. There will be a time for it.
Does Alves have a future at the Light Blues next season or should Rangers be trying to ensure he leaves?
Given that Rangers have already signed Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic, it’s hard to imagine Bruno Alves playing a role beyond back-up at the club next season.
That would be a waste of resources considering he is on a healthy wage and the Light Blues can’t afford to have him around if he is simply going to be on the bench more often than not.
With Fabio Cardoso and Eduardo Herrara not even part of the team’s training camp, Gerrard clearly isn’t afraid to exclude the failed signings of Pedro Caixinha and Alves could find on his return from the World Cup that he is in the same boat.
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