Man United target won’t leave Celtic yet

Aung Thu at Muangthong United

Celtic insist Moussa Dembele is going nowhere in the January transfer window, despite Manchester United tracking the striker.

Clubs from across Europe have been linked with Dembele, who has netted 16 goals for Celtic this season after a summer move from Championship outfit Fulham.

Man United scouts watched the 20-year-old in action for France Under-21s earlier this week, and they weren’t the only big club in attendance, with Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Bayern Munich also represented.

However, Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers claims Dembele is staying put at present, even if he expects him to eventually move elsewhere.

“Him and his agent, they want to learn and they want to develop. They could have gone to a number of clubs in the summer and got way, way more money than up here,” said Rodgers.

“But he wants to try to do it the right way, learn and develop and there will probably be a time when he moves on.

“He signed a four year deal here and he’s only five, six months into it.

"He wants to get experiences at a big club, learn, develop and then there probably will be a time when he will move on.

“We are all realistic here. That was part of my role coming into here, accepting that if you have got top talents they may be here for a couple of years and move on.

“He has only really just come in, he loves it here. It is a huge club, he gets idolised here, he is playing Champions League football and he is really, really enjoying this process of learning and playing for a big club.

“I’m sure at some point later down the line it may happen, but it is certainly not something we are looking at now.”

 

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