South African international Bongani Zungu claims that Rangers never moved to sign him permanently because the proposed transfer fee “became too expensive”.

The 29-year-old spent the majority of last season on loan at Ibrox from Ligue 2 Amiens after joining on the final day of an extended transfer window which ended on the 5th of October last year.

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South African international Bongani Zungu played 22 games for Rangers last season with 17 from the bench. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, Zungu’s time in Glasgow was interrupted by a major Covid-19 breach where he was the most senior player of five who broke rules to attend a house party.

Away from this, Zungu also underperformed when handed the chance by Rangers and ex-boss Steven Gerrard claimed it was “fair” to say his career at Ibrox was over by mid-February.

But Zungu has refuted these claims and claims in an interview with Soccer Laduma in his homeland that the potential transfer fell apart due to the French club’s demands.

That’s despite a lack of performances or form on the field.

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“My experience there wasn’t great on the pitch yes, but the team was winning,” said Zungu.

“I had to understand that Steven Gerrard can’t just change the winning formula.

“Rangers paid a loan fee, obviously, which showed the coach was really interested.

“But to make it permanent became too expensive.”

South African international Bongani Zungu speaks out about Rangers Covid breach

The midfielder has also been discussing THAT infamous houseparty which Zungu, Calvin Bassey, Nathan Patterson, Dapo Mebude and Brian Kinnear attended during a Covid-19 lockdown.

 

Zungu claim that the situation had been “blown out of proportion” – something prescribed to by Steven Gerrard – despite all five players receiving a six-match ban.

“I want to give my version of what happened when the media said I went to a party,” said South African star Zungu.

“You know how hard it was for me to arrive there and not see anyone except my team-mates for about six months?

“I was going to training, the game then home and repeating it over and over.

“When I got into trouble, I didn’t mean for that to happen.

“I went to Calvin Bassey’s home and I thought that was safe because we test all the time at the club.

“I was shocked people said there was a party.

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Zungu claims the Covid-19 breach from last season was blown out of proportion. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“I took a picture with someone there, but the whole thing was blown out of proportion, especially in South Africa.

“Now everyone thinks I didn’t stay at Rangers because of that. But people’s opinions don’t bother me.”

Since returning to France, things haven’t quite gone to plan for Zungu, with the midfielder separated from his teammates in September.

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