Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra looks set to join Qatar club Lekhwiya after the Algerian international. The 28-year-old is expected to play his last game for Rangers on Wednesday in their second leg Champions League qualifier tie against Malmo, with the Ibrox side trailing 1-0 from the first leg at Ibrox.
The Algerian has been at Ibrox for three years since his transfer from Charlton Athletic in 2009.
Bougherra told France Football: “Will I sign for Lekhwiya? Indeed, talks are going on. I don’t want to really talk about it so far. I am completely focused on the return match of the Champions League qualifier with Rangers.”
Despite the player being at the peak of his career, his move to Qatar is slightly strange, but the Algerian insists that the league is improving.
“In the Middle East, football is improving quicker than what people think. Indeed, the level is really different than in Europe,” he added. “But I know the goal of the people in Qatar is to close the gap in quality. They want young players to come over and help improve the league.”
According to Bougherra there was interest from Ligue One outfit Paris St. Germain but feels that outside influences prevented any chance of that deal happening.
“I was presented with the project by PSG and immediately I said yes. When I look back over my career there has been a natural progression,” he continued. “A move to PSG would have enabled me to return to a top club in France. I was asked to wait until Leonardo [sporting director]was appointed. Unfortunately, two people threw a spanner in the works and then poor excuses were found. I don’t really want to get into too many details.”
Source: Sky Sports Football