CELTIC have opened talks to extend Odsonne Edouard’s Celtic contract in a huge blow to Manchester United and Arsenal.
The French striker has two years to run on his current deal and has been linked with a £30million move to the Premier League, with Leicester also interested.
But Celtic boss Neil Lennon has admitted he is doing all he can to ensure he’ll stay for Celtic’s bid to win ten Scottish Premiership titles.
Lennon said: “Yes, there are ongoing discussions at the minute with his representatives.
“Ultimately he’s a player we want around. He’s a fantastic player. He’s really blossomed over the last couple of seasons.
“He had a magnificent season this year and we want to keep him. It’s as simple as that.
“We’re doing everything we can to keep him here for at least another season anyway.”
Edouard had scored 28 goals when football was halted due to the coronavirus, earning the attention of Man Utd and Arsenal.
Rather than jet back to his homeland like many of Celtic’s foreign legion, he stayed in Glasgow.
Lennon said: “I think he is happy here. He’s got a fantastic relationship with me and my backroom team and his team-mates.
“You can see how much the supporters appreciate him as well. I think that’s reciprocated.
“He’s grown into a top-class striker. Of course there is going to be speculation around a player of that quality.
“But we’re comfortable at the minute with the position we’re in with him. He seems pretty happy and we’re looking forward to seeing him back at training.
“We’d love to discuss things with him and a few other players about what our plans are going forwards.”
By: Scott MacArthur
Title: Man Utd and Arsenal dealt transfer blow as Celtic open new contract talks with target Odsonne Edouard
Sourced From: www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/11803250/man-utd-arsenal-transfer-edouard-celtic-contract/
Published Date: Sun, 07 Jun 2020 08:41:37 +0000