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Rangers officially extend loan deal for Gedion Zelalem

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Prior to the start of 2016, Rangers manager Mark Warburton stated his desire to hold on to Gedion Zelalem for the remainder of the season. On Wednesday, he got his wish.

After joining the club on loan to start the 2015-16 season, Zelalem will remain with the Scottish club as Arsenal announced on Wednesday that the midfielder’s loan has been extended until the end of the season.

The 18-year-old has played a role in the Scottish side’s surge to the top of the second division, making 15 appearances and tallying three assists so far this season.

Zelalem will be looking to carry over this fine club form to the U-23s in March, as the U.S. team faces off against Colombia to qualify for the 2016 Olympics.

What do you think of Zelalem’s extension? How do you expect him to fare through the rest of the season?

Share your thoughts below.

5 comments
  • Gary Page

    Now the question is what happens when Rangers inevitably get promoted. Does Wenger bring him back to sit around more or play reserve games? Does he loan him out another season to the Rangers to play in the Scottish First Division, or maybe loan him out to the England Championship, or something else? He’s probably a couple of years away from seeing first team EPL minutes, but he needs to keep playing.

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    • Mac

      Definitely back to Rangers. SPL wont be that much lower (if at all) than Championship in terms of quality. But he’d returning to a familiar manager and system (a system thats very similar to the one at Arsenal).

      Plus, Zelalem experiencing just one Old Firm derby will certainly prepare him for future CONCACAF WCQ’s. Apparently the crowds passion(re: craziness) used to rival the Argentine El Clasico.

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    • out with old

      Hopefully get him loaned out to championship team and stand out at that level too

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  • danny kissinger

    Good that he’s getting playing time in a professional environment. But this is 2nd division Scottish league so let’s not get too excited.

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