Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has bitten back at questions regarding the future of Alfredo Morelos amid links to FC Porto this summer.
The Ibrox gaffer cut a frustrated figure when pressed on all those reports by Sky Sports at the club’s Training Centre and hinted that he knows where the constant transfer coverage is coming from.
🗣 "You read more about Alfredo [Morelos] in terms of who he is linked with, rather than what he does on the football pitch. It's getting a bit tiresome that question."
Steven Gerrard was asked about the future of Alfredo Morelos at Rangers pic.twitter.com/7P1z4rEpdE
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) July 23, 2021
It’s getting “tiresome” in Gerrard’s own words and the manager was in sharp mood when asked about the player’s future ahead of the new season.
Worryingly, the Ibrox gaffer also claimed that the club are “not sure” when Morelos is due to report back for pre-season training following a summer at the Copa America with Colombia.
“I don’t know (if Morelos will be at Rangers next season). I can’t answer that for you,” said Gerrard.
“I get asked this question every window and every few weeks because you read more about Alfredo in terms of who he is linked with or where he’s possibly going to go rather than talk about what he does on a football pitch.
“It’s getting a bit tiresome that question. For me, we want the best version of Alfredo, that’s all we ever asked for. The manager, the players, the fans, that’s all we ask for.
“I’ve read a lot of stuff around Alfredo. I know where it’s coming from but I don’t know what’s going to happen with him.
“He is due back at some point, we’re not sure when but hopefully he’ll arrive when he’s ready.
“I’m not frustrated, I’m very happy. We’re just off the back of a fantastic season and I’m so excited for the next season.”
There has been much mixed reporting regarding the future of Alfredo Morelos with FC Porto the name most prominently linked to the player.
The likes of A Bola have suggested that the Portuguese club could strike a £10m deal potentially rising to £15m whilst Jornal de Noticias (p.41, July 13th, 2021) claim Alfie is the Porto’s “main target”.
They’re the latest in a long line of reports linking Alfie with the exit door and manager Gerrard is clearly perturbed by the ongoing paper talk.
As for who is pushing all the reports, and whilst we have no inside information, Gerrard could’ve certainly been aiming a barb at the player’s representation.
Whatever the case Gerrard’s comments won’t inspire confidence in the Ibrox support that Alfie, 25, will still be around next season but it’s clear the club do not want to lose their best players.
Reports claiming Morelos is eager to leave Ibrox have also been rubbished in the press as the transfer conjecture continues.