Alfredo Morelos Rangers contract talks suspended but Michael Beale pulls out glowing ‘goal contribution’ stats

Michael Beale has agreed to suspend talks over Alfredo Morelos’ future until the summer after being assured the Colombian has not signed for Sevilla.

Reports from Spain last week claimed that the out-of-contract Ibrox ace had signed a deal to join the La Liga giants this summer. But Morelos has informed Gers that this is not the case after candid talks with his boss earlier this week. A move to the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan may not be possible, but where the 26-year-old will play next year remains a mystery.

But Beale is content to wait before coming to a final decision. The Londoner said: “We spoke after the game on Sunday and there is no truth to that (Seville rumor). I was pretty cool about that beforehand because we have such a strong relationship. We are committed to each other until the end of the season, when we sit down and chat.

“If Alfredo is here and offers a new contract, fine. If he continues, he will become our record scorer in Europe. He gets a hug and moves on. But at the moment we are only focusing on the games ahead.”

Beale has made it clear that he wants Ryan Jack and Ryan Kent to reapply before they become free agents this summer. But he was less sure about Morelos when speaking after last week’s win over Raith Rovers, as he insisted the man Rangers signed for £1million in 2017 needs to show more to win back his place from Antonio Colak .

He said: “The most important thing is where we see the club moving forward and who we want to build around for the next three or four years. So I have to think when I make these offers, ‘Do I feel like I want to build something with it for the next few years?’

“It’s a time when a lot of players are out of contract and so a lot of salaries will come in if we don’t renew with these players. That gives the club a lot of opportunities this summer.

“I’ve identified a few players that we’re working on right now to do our scouting. There are almost two jobs going on. Now there’s the team trying to improve that and behind the scenes we’re working on what Rangers will look like from July 1 when we return for pre-season.

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