Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Eagles spurns Rangers to stay at Burnley

Burnley winger Chris Eagles will not be moving to Rangers, after deciding the transfer was “not in his best interests”.

The clubs had agreed an undisclosed fee for the winger, who had visited Ibrox and was shown around the Gers’ Murray Park training ground.

Eagles, who has a year remaining on his Turf Moor contract, also held discussions with Rangers boss Walter Smith and chief executive Martin Bain.

But Eagles was unable to agree a deal and will now join the Clarets on their tour to Singapore next week.

A statement posted yesterday on the Lancashire club’s official website regarding Eagles’ decision read: “Chris Eagles has tonight decided a move to Rangers would not be in his best interests.

“The two clubs had agreed a fee for the 24-year-old, but he was unable to agree personal terms with the Scottish champions.”

The former Manchester United player – who joined Burnley in July, 2008 – had been the subject of a bid described as “substantial” by manager Brian Laws, who then left the final decision to the player.

Laws, who was open about his desire to retain Eagles’ services, had earlier spoken of the reasoning behind accepting the Rangers bid.

He said: “Clearly he is a talented player and one I do not want to sell.

“But we have a serious financial offer on the table and with only 12 months left on his current deal, we have to be aware that Chris could walk away next summer for nothing.

“I spoke to him yesterday on his way to Glasgow and he promised me he would be back in training as normal this morning.

“He’s been as good as his word on that score and that doesn’t surprise me, because Chris is the consummate professional.

“He is a crowd favourite here and I hope that plays a part in his decision.”

Eagles has played 95 games for Burnley since signing from United two years ago.

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