Rangers manager Graeme Murty has confirmed the Gers were in talks over a new contract for David Bates but couldn’t match Hamburg’s offer for the 21-year-old.
The Germans confirmed on Thursday that Bates will sign a four-year deal in the summer bringing two years with the Light Blues to an end.
Murty admitted the Ibrox giants wanted the former Raith defender to stay at the club but couldn’t meet the terms offered by the Bundesliga side.
“We were in negotiations with David and wanted him to stay – but Hamburg have come along and made an offer we can’t match,” Murty said, as quoted by the Press Association’s Andy Newport on Twitter.
— Andy Newport (@AndyNewportPA) April 13, 2018
Bates originally joined the Gers on a six-month development loan under Mark Warburton and done enough to earn an 18-month permanent contract the following January.
After making a handful of first-team appearances towards the end of last season, Bates has made 17 appearances this term and was a regular in the side following the winter break and injury to Bruno Alves.
Football Insider verdict:
There was no way the Gers could offer Bates a four-year contract and not be taking a huge gamble. The defender has done well so far in the first-team but hasn’t shown anything to merit meeting the terms offered by Hamburg. The move to Germany will no doubt help Bates improve as a player but he was always likely to fall down the pecking order next season so it doesn’t make any sense to have offered such a long contract to someone who might not play all that often next season.
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