Scottish Premiership: Moussa Dembele sets record straight on Celtic future

The Frenchman has been heavily linked with a move away from Glasgow in January but he appears to have given assurances on his future.

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In-form: The French Under-21 international has made the Celtic striking spot his own ahead of Leigh Griffiths in the first half of the season (Picture from Sky Sports)

Celtic fans can breathe a sigh of relief as red-hot striker Moussa Dembele appears to have given some clarity about his immediate future.

The Frenchman has ripped up the Scottish Premiership since arriving last summer from English Championship side Fulham and is the champions’ top scorer so far this season with 19 goals in all competitions.

The 20-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away in the January transfer window, with English Premier League outfit West Ham United reportedly keen in signing him.

But, according to Celtic Quote on Twitter, Dembele has now reassured the Hoops supporters that he is going nowhere – at least for now.

In a recent interview, he said: “I have a four-year contract and I don’t see myself leaving Celtic. I’m not leaving in the January window.”

Dembele is currently away with the Celtic squad in Dubai for their mid-season training camp, with the Scottish top-flight currently on a three-week winter break.

And, whilst away, Brendan Rodgers has expressed his determination not to cash in on one of his prized assets after just six months.

He said: “Even if a club offered what we thought was the player’s worth now, we don’t need to do it. We want to improve and keep developing as a team.

“I respect the market in Scotland because it is tough. I can imagine that if someone comes in with, say £20 million it’s like ‘bloody hell’. I can understand that.

“But if you invest some more time then you can maybe get even more money.”

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Bargain buy: Dembele became Rodgers’ first signing as Celtic boss last summer for a development fee of around £500,000 (Picture from Sky Sports)

Earlier this week, former Celtic frontman Charlie Nicholas gave his view that Dembele shouldn’t be in a rush to leave Glasgow and should carefully consider who his next club should be.

The Sky Sports pundit said: “If the right club comes in then make sure it is the right club for you. I can judge that, because I had a lot of clubs after me.

“Is he going to get a game at Arsenal? I would say not. All the top clubs? I would say not yet. In a year’s time? A strong possibility.”

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First impressions: Dembele announced his arrival with the first Celtic Old Firm league hat-trick since 1966 in their 5-1 win over Rangers in September (Picture from Sky Sports)

The forward has played a huge part in the club’s success so far this season – with Celtic having already won the League Cup and holding a 19-point lead at the top of the Premiership after a 2-1 win over second-placed Rangers at Ibrox on New Year’s Eve.

He scored three goals in the Champions League group stages, nine in the league, five Old Firm goals, a penalty in the 3-0 League Cup final success against Aberdeen and has racked up five assists.

The Hoops have already recruited in the transfer market, with Ivorian midfielder Kouassi Eboue signing from Russian side FC Krasnodar and allowed defender Eoghan O’Connell to join English League One side Walsall on loan.

Celtic return to action next Sunday in a Scottish Cup fourth round tie against League One Albion Rovers at the Excelsior Stadium.

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