Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has revealed that he will wait until after the World Cup to hold talks with veteran defender Bruno Alves about his Ibrox future.
Alves was signed on a two-year deal last summer and endured a tough first season in Glasgow, with the 36-year-old linked with a move away from the club in January.
The centre-back is currently in Russia playing for Portugal at the World Cup, and Gerrard has revealed that he will not bother Alves with talks of his future until after the tournament ends.
As quoted by the Daily Record, he 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. “He will have a break after Portugal either win the tournament or get knocked out and then I will have a conversation with Bruno and talk to him.
“I didn’t want to go in and speak to him or try and get contact with him while he has got important things to focus on.”
Football Insider verdict:
This is the correct move from Gerrard, who looks to be settling in nicely as Rangers boss. Alves’ future has been a subject of debate for several months now, but talks can most definitely wait until after Portugal either win the tournament or are eliminated. This is most certainly Alves’ last major competition with his country, and he deserves to think only about national success for the duration of their stay in Russia. When talks with Gerrard are eventually held, it will be interesting to see what happens. The Liverpool legend has already told two of last summer’s arrivals, Fabio Cardoso and Eduardo Herrera, that they are surplus to requirements at Ibrox, and it may well turn out that Alves is handed the same message. However, his experience could be seen as essential by Gerrard, who may end up keeping him around for the last year of his deal in Glasgow.
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