As reported by The Daily Mail, Hamburg recruitment chief Johannes Spors has insisted that outgoing Rangers defender David Bates isn’t moving to Germany simply for monetary reasons.
It was reported by The Daily Record last week that the reason the Light Blues let Bates leave the club was because they refused to bow to his wage demands of £7,500-a-week.
However, The Daily Mail report that this wasn’t the case with sources close to the player disputing that. The paper also say that the Ibrox side only offered him a paltry £250 pay rise on his current deal.
In addition to that Hamburg’s Johannes Spors, responsible for tying down Bates to a four-year-deal at the German club, has revealed the defender could have in fact earned more money at another unknown side.
As quoted by The Daily Mail, Spors said:
In the situation Hamburg is in, we are always interested in getting good deals done.
It’s not a big risk for us financially. I know that David had a chance to earn far more money somewhere else. I know that for a fact.
But this is a good chance for him to come to Hamburg and a new country and he has shown me he can handle the situation we have in Hamburg every week.
It’s a low-risk signing for us.
Spors also revealed that the reason Hamburg moved for Bates was his impressive performance against Moussa Dembele in December, which isn’t the best thing for Rangers fans to hear in the wake of the Frenchman’s dominating performance against them on Sunday, with Bates watching on in the stands.
It seemed that Bates was only just settling into the Rangers first team before signing a pre-contract at Hamburg and losing him is definitely something of a blow to the club.
A no nonsense, no frills defender, he has played better than the likes of Bruno Alves and Fabio Cardoso this season and dealt with the threat of Moussa Dembele well in the 0-0 derby draw in December, far better than Ross McCrorie managed to recently at Hampden.
Still just 21, he has good potential and time will tell what calibre of player he turns out to be.
At the very least though, Rangers should have made him feel more wanted and allowed him to develop at Ibrox, rather than offer him token pay rises. It seems his portrayal as a money grabber is well wide of the mark and letting him leave on the cheap is something they could come to regret massively.