Ianis Hagi Cools Speculations and Commits to Rangers with Contract Extension

Rangers star Ianis Hagi addressed the rumors surrounding his potential summer exit, firmly dismissing them and expressing his commitment to the club. Following Romania’s draw with Kosovo in the UEFA EURO Qualifiers, Hagi shared his thoughts, highlighting the significance of his contract extension and his eagerness to contribute to the team’s success, especially after overcoming a severe knee injury that kept him out for a year.

“The discussions that I and my manager had, as soon as the season ended, were positive. When you sign an extension with Rangers after a year out with injury, you’ve done something right. I am happy that I managed to extend my contract with such a huge club in Europe,” said the 24-year-old midfielder, emphasizing his satisfaction with the new deal.

Ianis Hagi, son of Romanian football legend Gheorghe Hagi, began his football journey at his father’s academy before joining Viitorul Constanța’s senior team. After a brief stint at Serie A side Fiorentina, where he struggled for first-team opportunities, Hagi returned to Viitorul in January 2018.

Following an impressive one-and-a-half-year spell in his homeland, he was signed by Genk, earning the coveted number 10 status. However, his time in Belgium was short-lived, as Rangers secured his services permanently after a successful six-month loan. Hagi played a crucial role in Rangers’ Premiership triumph under the guidance of Steven Gerrard, featuring as both an attacking midfielder and a right-sided player. His contributions of 8 goals and 15 assists in 45 appearances showcased his value across various competitions.

Despite facing fitness challenges that resulted in a reduced role, Hagi’s future at Rangers appears promising. Michael Beale is expected to utilize him more frequently following a much-needed pre-season. Hagi had limited opportunities under former manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst, but Beale’s appointment as the successor brings renewed hope for the Romanian midfielder. During Gerrard’s tenure, Beale served as the first-team coach and played a pivotal role in Hagi’s development before departing for the Aston Villa job.

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Ianis Hagi’s commitment to Rangers and his determination to contribute to the club’s success bode well for both the player and the team. With a fresh contract extension and the support of the coaching staff, Hagi has the opportunity to reignite his form and make a lasting impact at Rangers.