Rennes defender Mexer has revealed the reasons he signed for Bordeaux and rejected a contract offer at Rangers, as reported by The Scottish Sun.
Outlets such as STV reported last week that an offer from Rangers was on the table for the centre half, but it was later announced he had signed a pre-contract with the Ligue 1 outfit.
You could be forgiven for assuming that was for financial reasons, with the French club likely to offer a higher wage than we could.
However, the 30-year-old insists it was all because of the current project at Les Girondins.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said:
It was not a question of money.
Paulo Sousa called me and told me about his very ambitious project, he told me that I was his number one choice in central defence and he wanted to make me a leader of his team.
I felt his attachment and the willingness of the club who did not hesitate to offer me a 4 year contract. At my age, it’s a parameter that counts.
It is above all a beautiful proof of confidence. Of course, money counts for a footballer, but ambitions are also important.
Rangers’ hunt for a centre-back continues as we move closer the summer transfer window opening, with veteran Gareth MacAuley set to leave the club upon the expiration of his contract and Joe Worrall heading back to parent club Nottingham Forest.
Reports emerged today that we are after Oldham prospect George Edmundson.
Clearly a priority for Gerrard, hopefully the club can find the right man to challenge Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic for a starting spot.