Perugia Bound Sadiq Umar Opens Up On Departure From Rangers, Relationship With Gerrard


Roma striker Sadiq Umar has confirmed that a loan move to Serie B side Perugia is on the cards after terminating his stay with Scottish side Rangers where he was suppose to spend the entire season on loan.


Sadiq’s contract was terminated last week but contrary to what was widely reported, the lanky forward and Roma decided to end the loan deal and not Rangers as claimed by several reports.

” It was a decision between myself and Roma. We informed Rangers about it and they accepted. So simply put collectively myself and Roma decided to end the loan and not Rangers. They never asked me to leave, not at any time”, Sadiq told

On his relationship with coach of the team Steven Gerrard, Sadiq said they had a normal relationship like he has with other players although he said the man management style of the former Liverpool legend is quite different from what he is used to.

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” Gerrard is a good coach no doubt and my relationship with him is very normal. We didn’t talk that much on where I need to improve in my game during my time there. Something which is different from the other coaches I’ve worked with. I hear about myself more from his interviews than him speaking with me directly.

” It was a very steep learning curve for me and it did had an effect on my confidence level. The pressure to do well when I get the chance to play affected me negatively. It’s unfortunate that I couldn’t show the fans what am all about “, Sadiq remarked.

Back at Roma and with reports swirling around on a loan switch to Perugia, he refuse to deny he could join the Serie B side but stressed that he is still weighing his options as getting sufficient game time will be the determine where he ends up.

” Perugia? Maybe I will play there next season. For now am also studying other proposals but the chance to play and regain my confidence will be the main thing in picking my next club”, he concluded.