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Steven Gerrard: 'Alfredo Morelos to make own decision on Rangers future'

Gerrard: 'Morelos to make own decision on Rangers future'
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Steven Gerrard says that Alfredo Morelos will be the one to decide whether he stays with Rangers after revealing that the striker is "pretty close" to signing a contract extension.

Steven Gerrard has said that Alfredo Morelos will be the one to decide whether he stays with Rangers, after revealing the striker is "pretty close" to signing a contract extension.

The 25-year-old, who has less than two years remaining on his current deal at Ibrox, was linked with a move away from Glasgow over the summer amid interest from Ligue 1 champions Lille and Portuguese giants Porto.

Morelos's long-term future with the Gers remains uncertain, however Gerrard has reiterated the club's desire to keep hold of the striker.

Speaking to Sky Sports News about the Colombian's contract situation, Gerrard said: "I think that's Alfredo's decision and his representation's decision, we seem pretty close, there's been a lot of noise from the outside about Alfredo in the three and a bit years I've been here, none of that noise has come from anyone here at Rangers.

"I think Alfredo will make his decisions, I think he made it clear where he wants to be long term but the reality is he's got to perform at a level here for people to show interest in him.

"For me, we like working with him, we like the player, he scores goals. I said last week I still think he can get at a better level in a personal point of view and the goals will come.

"But in terms of decisions and where he will be in the long term it will be down to him and his representation rather than us because we've always shown that we want to keep the player, the fans have shown they want to keep the player so all the noise around Alfredo comes from him and his people rather than us."

Morelos will be looking to score his 100th goal for Rangers when they travel to St Mirren in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday lunchtime.

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