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Rangers Want To Extend Gedion Zelalem’s Loan From Arsenal

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The Rangers hope to keep 18-year-old U.S. international Gedion Zelalem around Ibrox for a while longer, as manager Mark Warburton hopes to extend his loan from Arsenal. Zelalem joined the team on a six-month loan in August and is set to return to London in January.

“It’s up to us to create an environment that those clubs feel is right for their players,” Warburton told the Evening Times. “That’s our job. Because they won’t lend us their assets unless they feel they are looked after here and developed here.

“I hope he is very much enjoying it, the relationships between the clubs are good and I hope very much that we can keep him.

“We always talk with Arsenal and we talk about how he is progressing, They watch him every game.

“These clubs are very, very professional. They always have representatives watching.

“They look at every touch the player makes, they look at data, runs made, jumps made.

“It’s a detailed science now. They look at whether their assets are improving and it is up to us to make sure they get the information they need.”

Zelalem has started seven of 10 competitive matches with the Rangers since coming over in August.

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