‘I played against him’: Manager delighted to sign £2m Rangers ace, says he’s ‘very complete’

‘I played against him’: Manager delighted to sign £2m Rangers ace, says he’s ‘very complete’

After bringing Jose Cifuentes from Scottish Premiership powerhouse Rangers to Brazil, Cruzeiro coach Nicolas Larcamon believes he has acquired a “very complete player.”

Jose Cifuentes
Jose Cifuentes

It’s hard to shake the impression that he was somewhat set up to fail in Glasgow, especially considering he came to

Ibrox after making an impression as an attack-minded midfielder at LAFC on the other side of the Atlantic.

Jose Cifuentes appeared to be being used—or abused—by Mick Beale in a more defensively focused capacity. One

that concealed his strengths and revealed his flaws. The damage to Cifuentes’ reputation had already been done

when Beale was fired and Philippe Clement took over, as the Ecuadorian international was forced to return to South

America after just six months and nine appearances in the Scottish Premiership.

Jose Cifuentes is sent by Rangers to Brazil

For Cifuentes, the good news is that Cruzeiro’s head coach seems to have a better understanding of him than Beale

did. Undoubtedly, Nicolas Lacarmon is familiar with the 24-year-old. In the 2023 CONCACAF Champions League

final, his Leon team defeated Cifuentes’ LAFC team.

Larcamon tells Globo Esporte, “About Cifuentes, I played against him in the Champions final.” “He’s a very versatile

player who possesses a wide range of skills.” Both with and without the ball, he can play both phases of the game

extremely well. “He joins to add something to the squad and to strengthen the midfield.”

A new beginning

Cifuentes signs a contract with an option to buy after joining on loan (BBC Sport). Although his potential salary from

a permanent transfer is currently unknown, some reports have suggested that Rangers could earn about £2 million

for him. Ridvan Yilmaz, on the other hand, is one player who won’t be leaving Ibrox before the end of the Scottish

transfer window. Following weeks of rumors that the former Besiktas star might be returning to Turkey, Galatasaray has agreed to sign Derrick Kohn, a left-back from Hannover in the German second division.

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