Future Rangers striker Fashion Sakala claims he turned down leading Premier League and Ligue 1 clubs to join the Gers.

This inspirational striker has signed a pre-contract deal with Steven Gerrard’s side after netting 16 goals for KV Oostende last season in the Belgian top-flight.

Gerrard’s influence was monumental in getting the Zambian international to the club and the humble 24-year-old striker spoke about what it means to join the Scottish giants.

“I had a lot of teams interested in me. I had two teams in the Premier League and I met them in England. They explained how they wanted me to play,” said Sakala [Studio Ken].

“I had two teams from the top five in France – I also met with them.

“But I spoke to Gerrard and after he talked to me, I felt I had to move to Rangers.

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“It’s a very big thing, a dream come true for me. Playing for Rangers is better than playing for other teams in the Premier League or France.

“I believe I’ve made the right decision. Even if I had the options again, I’d still make the same decision. I’d still choose Rangers.”

 

So who are the teams Fashion turned down to join the Famous Glasgow Rangers?

From the Premier League, the two clubs heavily linked to the forward were Newcastle United and West Ham United [Sportslens].

In France, Sakala himself has previously claimed that the “top two teams in the table” were interested in him, which remarkably would’ve been Lille and PSG.

However now he’s claiming that it was two of the top five, and with Lille routinely linked we can safely assume they’re one of the interested parties.

Considering their Champions League status this is a major coup for the Gers and speaks volumes about the quality of player the club is getting in the 24-year-old.

Outside of Lille, the other club tailing the player could be PSG, Monaco, Lyon or Marseille – not exactly a bad list.

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Future Rangers star Fashion Sakala claims he turned down a host of top clubs to join the ranks at Ibrox. (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

The forward is already beginning to excite Rangers fans and will surely hit the ground running with them if he can get some goals early on at Ibrox.

The humble striker – who used to hunt animals for his family to eat in Zambia – already has his own song too as fans adopt a David Bowie classic for the player.

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