Confusion as Rangers star makes international claim amid smouldering club v country battle
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Confusion as Rangers star makes national claim amid club v country battle

In discussing the speculation regarding his future, there’s some confusion as to whether or not Rangers star Ianis Hagi has settled conjecture regarding a trip to the Olympics this summer.

The Ibrox midfielder is one of Romania’s brightest talents and most marketable players and ahead of the tournament in Tokyo was filmed talking up the competition.

However, the tournament – which Rangers are not required to send Hagi to given it is U23s – clashes with the Gers’ Champions League qualification campaign.

Established Romanian journalist Emmanuel Rosu would claim that the Romanian FA were set to contact Rangers to get a final decision over Hagi.

The situation would then boil over into a club v country issue and reports Rangers had knocked back the approach were not taken well in Romania.

Romanian legend Mircea Lucescu described the notion that Hagi wouldn’t go with Romania as “disgraceful” as he blasted the Ibrox club.

However, Hagi appeared to settle the situation in the Romanian press when asked about his future this summer.

“At the moment I am on vacation, I will definitely go to the national team and then I will be on vacation for a few more weeks,” said Hagi [Pro Sport].

“I’m at a huge club, a club with an incredible mentality, where I can grow a lot. My future must be discussed with the impresarios, with those from the club.

“My future? We have a well-established plan for where I want to go, what I want to achieve from my career.

“I am very calm, all that depends on me is to be on the field, to play as well as possible and the good things will come to me.

“The teams come and follow us, me and my colleagues from Rangers, because we had a good season.

“My future is in good hands, with the impresarios I have now. It’s their job to take care of my future. As long as I perform on the field, things will be resolved.”

Rangers star Ianis Hagi has 16 caps for the Romanian top team but he is being eyed for the Olympic squad in Tokyo this summer with confusion over his latest comments. (Photo by Alex Nicodim/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

It’s not clear if Hagi is referring to the top Romanian international team – who have a doubleheader with Georgia and England in early June – or the Olympic squad.

But one thing is for sure; Romania would rather have the 22-year-old in their squad for the tournament this summer and should Rangers hold him back, it will not go down well in his country.

There is much speculation regarding the future of Rangers star Hagi and the Ibrox talent specifically named one club he would like to move to eventually in his career.

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