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Steven Gerrard dismisses Rangers exit theories as he talks up Aston Villa

Sábado 18 de Diciembre del 2021

Steven Gerrard dismisses Rangers exit theories as he talks up Aston Villa

The 41-year-old left Glasgow after three-and-a-half years where he secured the Ibrox side's first title in a decade.

The 41-year-old left Glasgow after three-and-a-half years where he secured the Ibrox side's first title in a decade.

Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard insists the chance to spend more time with his family was the deciding factor in leaving Rangers for the Premier League.

The 41-year-old also admits the lure of a return to the richest league in the world was too great a lure after three-and-a-half years in Glasgow.

Gerrard left Rangers for the Villans last month and has made an immediate impact with four wins out of six to pull them clear of any relegation worry.

His exit was a sore one for the Ibrox faithful, however, only six months after he sealed a first Scottish Premiership title in a decade.

But the start of the fourth season was nothing like the one that had gone before, with Gerrard voicing concerns over the financial gulf between his team and their Europa League competitors.

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And he has now moved to add further clarity over his thinking, insisting there were only two driving factors behind his decision to leave Glasgow for Aston Villa.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, he said: "I understand that there will be noise and opinion on the outside and people will put two and two together to come up with whatever they want to but for me it is about the now. I am happy here, I want to be here and I decided to take this challenge on.

"It was an opportunity I couldn't turn down for two main reasons: one, being back in the Premier League with the size of the club, to challenge myself against the best and working with elite footballers. And, from a geographical point of view, to be close to my kids. My son is four and a half and I was missing for three and a half of those years.

"In any walk of life, to not have one night in your own bed is not the ideal or perfect situation. We decide what career paths and decisions we want to make and we have to go and do that.

"I committed everything I had to the Rangers project and we did a very good job up there but for me it was about the next challenge, the opportunity to come back into the Premier League.

"I am very happy because I see more of my family, my family might not be as happy as me seeing more of me, but I am good."

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