Rangers academy starlet Umaro Balde has officially left Ibrox after his contract was terminated by mutual consent on deadline day [Rangers Youth Academy Twitter].
The 18-year-old midfielder joined the Gers on a two-year deal in July 2019 and slotted into the club’s U18 side, but with Academy football currently halted, he has left six months ahead of schedule.
Balde is a highly-rated defensive-minded midfielder who was born in Guinea-Bissau but represented both Portugal and Sporting Lisbon at youth level prior to his move to Rangers.
The Gers beat off competition from the likes of Newcastle, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough to secure his signature and in an interview in March 2020, he stated his desire to play for the senior side within two years [Herald].
Steven Gerrard has plenty of senior internationals to choose from in midfield right now, though, and the teenager wasn’t able to break into the first-team ranks prior to his exit.
“Umaro Balde has today left the club by mutual consent,” read a brief statement released via the Rangers Youth Academy Twitter Account on Monday night. “All at Rangers Academy wish him the best for the future.”
Umaro Balde has today left the club by mutual consent. All at Rangers Academy wish him the best for the future. pic.twitter.com/6PqfVNrGBJ
— Rangers B & Academy (@RFC_Youth) February 1, 2021
Balde isn’t the only talented young player to leave the club this winter, with Northern Ireland youth international Cammy Palmer joining NIFL Premiership leaders Linfield on an 18-month contract last week.
Nathan Young-Coombes, one of the stars of Academy triumphs in the Alkass Cup and the Scottish FA Youth Cup, was said to be on the verge of a move to Brentford over the weekend [Football Transfers], no official update was given on his status on deadline day.
First-team coach Michael Beale sent a message on social media to one of the youngsters who has left Rangers, vowing to follow his career with interest.