Maurice Edu has hinted he will seek a way out of the Rangers turmoil as he wants to test himself at the highest level.
The United States midfielder was not among the 13 players who turned up for the start of pre-season training yesterday but he had been given extra time off due to his international commitments.
Edu had a year left on his Rangers contract when Charles Green’s Sevco consortium bought the club’s assets and was the subject of a failed bid by Sochaux in January.
Bursaspor have been linked with a move for the player, who can leave under the exit clause negotiated when he accepted a wage cut in February, even if he does not object to the transfer of his contract to Sevco.
With the club highly unlikely to be in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League next season and debate continuing over whether they should relaunch in the First or Third Division, the 26-year-old looks set to move on.
Edu told foxsoccer.com: “I’m no different than anyone else. You want to go as far as you can in this game. You want to see how far you can go. It’s a short career, you know?
“You want to try and play at the highest levels possible and test yourself against some of the best players.
“Those are things I definitely have ambitions to do and goals I have set for myself.”
However, Edu has no regrets over moving to Rangers in 2008, just as the club’s financial situation began to unravel.
“I’ve been pleased with the way things have gone for me in Scotland,” Edu said.
“Being able to play in Champions League, win trophies, win medals, win cups, win leagues. These are things that I have dreamt of doing, and I set as goals for myself when I came to this club.
“I wanted to be involved in all those kind of things and to know that when my time there was finished I would have these things to look back on.”