Darren Bent has been left raving after Rangers announced the permanent capture of Ianis Hagi from Genk last week.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former England striker claims that the young attacking midfielder will have been given a “humungous” boost of confidence after the club moved swiftly to keep him at Ibrox.
The Gers confirmed last week that they had turned the 21-year-old’s loan stay permanent after renegotiating the terms of their optional purchase clause.
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As revealed by Football Insider, the deal is set to cost the Light Blues £3million in transfer fees and a further £3million in wages.
Bent insists that getting a deal done early is a “massive” boost for a player’s confidence and that it gives everyone at the club some peace of mind.
Bent told Football Insider: “It’s so important. From a player’s perspective, it’s so important because you need to be settled – you don’t want anything up in the air.
“You want to be going back, knowing what you’re doing. I’ve had situations where I’ve not signed for anyone and I’m waiting, waiting, waiting. It’s so unsettling, you’re waiting by the phone, hoping this and that are going to happen and you just feel unsettled.
“I’ve also been in the situation where I’ve done the deal really, really early so I know where I’m going back to pre-season, I’m settled, ready to go and in good spirits.
“I think it’s important for Hagi and other people to get deals done as early as possible to give them that peace of mind.”
“When you know the manager wants you and you get the deal done early and the club believe in you, it’s massive, it’s humongous. Now you can really focus on being a top performer next season.”
Hagi scored three goals and contributed two assists in his 12 appearances on loan, including a brace in the Europa League win over Braga.