Graeme Murty confirms talks with Rangers senior player after reported approach
Rangers manager Graeme Murty has confirmed he has held talks with defender Bruno Alves about his ambition to play in this summer’s World Cup for Portugal and revealed he thinks the defender can play a “big part” for the Gers over the rest of the season.
The veteran defender is currently sidelined with an injury picked up during the Old Firm draw with Celtic on December 30th and Daily Express reporter Bruce Archer claimed on his personal Twitter account on Sunday night that Italian Serie A side Benevento have approached the Light Blues with an enquiry about Alves, 36, but are yet to make an offer.
Alves has won 94 caps for Portugal and with the defender approaching the end of his career it’s almost certain this year’s World Cup will be his last opportunity to play in a major finals.
Murty admitted he has spoken with the former Porto and Zenit St. Petersburg star about playing in Russia this summer as he tries to get back to fitness after limping out of the Old Firm clash.
“Bruno Alves has spoken to me previously about wanting to play in the World Cup,” Murty said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.
“We’re trying to get him back fit because he could play a big part in the second half of this season.”
GM: Bruno Alves has spoken to me previously about wanting to play in the World Cup. We’re trying to get him back fit because he could play a big part in the second half of this season.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) January 23, 2018
The 36-year-old senior player hasn’t reached the standards expected of him when he joined the Gers and the Ibrox side look to have signed a ready-made replacement for Alves in Scotland international Russell Martin.
The veteran defender has 18 months left on his Gers deal after signing a two-year contract when he swapped Serie A for the Scottish Premiership.