£20m Premier League international helps sell Rangers to exciting talent

£20m Premier League international sold Rangers move to Ibrox star

Ex-Aberdeen midfielder and England international James Maddison sold former Leicester City teammate Calvin Bassey on a move to Rangers.

The 23-year-old playmaker has developed into a top-quality player and his presence in the England set-up is a testament to his performances in the English Premier League.

But prior to establishing himself in the first team at Leicester – following a £20m deal from Norwich – Maddison spent one season on loan at Pittodrie.

James Maddison spent a season on loan at Aberdeen before going on to be capped by the English national team. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)


Rangers fan will probably remember him most for a long-range free-kick which secured a 2-1 victory for the Dons against the Ibrox club back in 2016.

Calvin Bassey revealed that after speaking to James’ Maddison about football up north he jumped at the chance to join Rangers.

“I spoke to James about how he found Scottish football when he was with Aberdeen,” said Bassey [Scottish Sun].

“He told me of his experiences, and said that as long as I give my all, I should be OK.

“He added that if I work hard, do my thing on the training ground and take my chance when it comes along, I could do well. So hopefully he is right.

“It’s not an easy decision to make on your future for someone as young as me.

“As soon as Rangers came in, however, it was a privilege to join a world-famous club with a lot of history.

“I took myself out of my comfort zone and moved away from family.

“But you’ve got to make some sacrifices, and that’s one of the sacrifices I had to make.

“I’m focusing on where I’m at now, and I’ll do all I can to become as good as I can and fulfil my potential.”

Rangers newboy Calvin Bassey was sold on a move to Ibrox by former Leciester City teammate and England international James Maddison. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

Rangers reportedly fended off interest from the likes of Bayer Leverkusen and West Ham to secure 20-year-old Bassey’s services [Express].

At the time of writing, Bassey is one of three signings made by the Ibrox club this summer, joining Ianis Hagi and Jon McLaughlin as the new faces at Rangers.

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