Date: 25th May 2018 at 11:51am
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Rangers veteran centre-back Bruno Alves has no plans to retire from either club or international football, as he prepares for the World Cup finals with Portugal.

Alves, who hasn’t massively impressed since joining from Cagliari on a free transfer last summer.

His first season at Ibrox has been hampered by a knee injury but he has made 25 appearances across all competitions.

He has one year left on his contract and it looks like he intends to see that out as new manager Steven Gerrard prepares to join on June 1.

“All I am thinking about is helping my national team,” Alves said in the Scottish Sun.

“I have no plans to finish my career either at club or at country level.

“I will never retire from Portugal. I will always make myself available for selection.”

Football Insider verdict:

A few days ago Rangers fans were looking forward to Liverpool legend Martin Skrtel joining them from Fenerbahce. However, that deal seems to have been scuppered thanks to the fee and wages Skrtel was demanding. Rangers have also been linked with a move for Swansea’s Kyle Bartley, but there’s been no more progress on that in recent days. That’s a blow as the defence is the one area that Gerrard needs to sort out as a priority when he joins. Current centre-backs Fabio Cardoso and Alves aren’t good enough for next season, while David Bates and Russell Martin are on their way out of Ibrox. That just leaves Ross McCrorie. Alves hasn’t gone as far as committing himself to the Rangers cause, but he is obviously not planning on quitting the game and unless Rangers can find a buyer then they’ll be saddled with his wages next season. However, a good World Cup finals could change all of that.

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