Ianis Hagi has revealed he snubbed offers from across Europe to sign a permanent deal with Rangers. The Ibrox club confirmed the signing of the 21-year-old on a long-term deal this evening after renegotiating the fee they had as part of their exclusive option to sign him this summer.
Hagi joined Rangers on loan from Genk in January, and had an option to sign him for £4.5m this summer, but the club were able to negotiate a fee of £3m which will be spread across three seasons.
The 21-year-old will officially complete his move when the transfer window reopens this summer and is expected in Glasgow in the next few weeks to begin training for the next season.
“I am excited about re-joining the squad for pre-season and putting on the famous shirt once again,” he said.
“There was interest from other clubs, but my priority was always to return to Glasgow and play for Rangers.
“I really enjoyed my loan spell at Ibrox and look forward to playing in front of our fans very soon, but for now I hope all of the Rangers fans and your families are staying safe and well.”
Hagi made 12 appearances after joining in January, scoring three goals including the double against Braga in the Europa League.
And Steven Gerrard is delighted to get the signing over the line and believes he will be able to build on the relationship that grew between January and March.
“Ianis is recognised throughout Europe as a young, exciting player so to have him join Rangers on a permanent basis is great news,” Gerrard said.
“I was able to develop a relationship with Ianis very quickly, he is a pleasure to coach as he is willing to learn and become better every training session.
“He has already experienced the pressure and expectation of Ibrox, I know he is ready for next season.”
On the details of the transfer, sporting director Ross Wilson said: “We are delighted that Ianis has chosen to continue his career at Rangers.
“I have had numerous conversations with Ianis and his representatives and he made it clear that continuing with Rangers was his absolute focus.
“He is not only a huge talent but also a top young professional who is determined to be successful.
“We are sure our investment in him will be an effective one as we believe in his ability now whilst also being excited that at 21 years old there is significantly more development to come from him.
“When Ianis arrived in January we quickly developed a strong relationship with him and I know how much Steven and the coaches enjoy working with him every day.
“The formality of the transfer won’t complete until the transfer window opens but we look forward to welcoming Ianis back to Glasgow in the next few weeks alongside the rest of the first team squad.
“Finally, I thank KRC Genk for their openness, flexibility and creativity in all of our discussions.
“We secured an exclusive option in January and in recent weeks we have worked with Genk to find a new solution that works for everyone now, given how much the world has changed in the last few months.”