Rangers forward Fashion Sakala says he will be talking with Giovanni van Bronckhorst about his future at the club.
Real Sociedad, Celta Vigo and Auxerre have all been credited with an interest in the 25-year-old and, while he is keen to remain at Ibrox, Sakala has confirmed that he wants clarification about his role in the team:
“I’m very happy to be here. I know about the talks, but I don’t think I can go on loan. There is no need for me to go loan because my first season was not bad. It was my adaptation season, but I scored 12 goals in all competitions. If I hadn’t got a chance last season or didn’t score any goals I’d have said, ‘OK, I need to move’.”
“It could have been better last season, but I was mostly on the bench and coming on all the time is difficult, so I’m not looking at loan moves. The club had a meeting with my agent and the coach said he wants me to be part of the club. I’m expecting a meeting with him soon to hear his views. I’m looking forward to that. We’re starting a competition and I want to know where I stand because I don’t know at the moment.”
Sakala was signed by previous manager Steven Gerrard so it was always a possibility that van Bronckhorst wouldn’t see him as a key part of his plans.
The Zambian has adapted well to playing out wide and he has impressed in some key matches, especially in the last Old Firm derby in May where he scored the equaliser at Celtic Park.
However, Sakala is competing with three other players (Alfredo Morelos, Antonio Colak and Kemar Roofe) for a starting spot leading the line so he will have to decide whether he is happy playing a bit-part role.