Rangers sign Leicester City full-back Calvin Bassey

Defender joins on a pre-contract deal

Calvin Bassey in action for Leicester City during a Premier League 2 match.
Calvin Bassey in action for Leicester City during a Premier League 2 match.

Rangers have signed 20-year-old Leicester full-back Calvin Bassey on a pre-contract deal.

The defender has agreed a four-year contract with Rangers, who are due to pay training compensation to Brendan Rodgers’ side.

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Manager Steven Gerrard told the Rangers website: “There was a lot of clubs interested in Calvin and for us it’s pleasing to secure the services of another young talent.

“He’s a strong and dynamic athlete who is very much the modern day full-back. He will develop further and we are excited to have made another strong addition to our group.”

Italian-born Bassey, who can play as a left back or centre back, is also eligible for Nigeria and England. He will officially become a Rangers player when the transfer window opens.

Gerrard added: “He’s left-footed, physically powerful and enjoys driving forward and is certainly equipped to thrive in the combative nature of Scottish football. We continue to look ahead to next season and Calvin is another positive addition as we continue to build the strength and depth of our squad.”

Bassey said: “I am delighted to join Rangers and secure my future at a club of such stature. When I entered talks with Rangers, I knew this club was right for me. Of course I am thankful for everything Leicester has done for me and I am now very excited about working under Steven Gerrard and his coaching team to continue my progression.

“I have heard about the amazing atmosphere at Ibrox. I can’t wait to start pre-season and take my career to the next level in the famous blue Rangers jersey.”

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