Jermain Defoe has told STV that if he was Alfredo Morelos, he would “put the phone down” and stay at Rangers amid reported interest from French club Lille and many other European sides.
Morelos, 24, is expected to leave Rangers in the coming weeks after the Gers staged talks over his future with Lille – though the Ligue 1 side are yet to table an official offer to sign the Colombia international – as per BBC Sport.
French website Foot Mercato claim Rangers want £18million for the striker – with Brighton, Sassuolo and Sevilla also considering the former HJK Helsinki star, who was bought by Rangers for just £1million.
Rangers striker Defoe was asked following the opening of the Rangers superstore about Morelos’ future, and the England veteran told his teammate to put the phone down and focus on continuing to shine for the Gers.
“If I was Alfredo I wouldn’t even think about it, I’d put my phone down,” Defoe said. “Get your head down and play football, let your football do the talking. The sky is the limit for him, he’s a natural goalscorer.”
TBR’s view – Rangers can now afford to sell Morelos
Given that they have completed deals for Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten, believed to be worth more than a combined £8.5million. Roofe, certainly, is an excellent signing and will have impressed Gers fans.
Last week, Morelos was being strongly linked with the exit door ahead of the opener against Aberdeen and without Roofe or Itten, the sale of Morelos would have been a questionable one.
But with replacements, the exit is no longer the end of the world.