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“I’m sure he will stay” Celtic Ace Dismisses Fellow Countryman’s Exit Talks: Boost For Lennon?

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Celtic’s decade-long domination in Scottish football was under threat in December when they lost at home to Old Firm rivals Rangers. But a shocking downfall since the winter break brought the Gers back to square one and the Hoops, are now on the verge of conquering the Premiership glory for the ninth successive season.

There have been a few talents in the current Celtic side who are drawing interest from an array of European hotshots. The Parkhead faithful must be sweating over the future of the likes of Kristoffer Ajer and Odsonne Edouard. However, the centre-half Christopher Jullien has assured the fans about the future of the Celtic striker in a recent interview (as reported by the Daily Record) dismissing the exit rumours.

“People speak about transfers but who knows when football will be back? After that, all the other stuff can happen but don’t worry, I’m sure Odsonne is happy where he is. I’m sure he will stay. He is silent, he hides what he is feeling and he’s someone who controls his emotions. But he’s a really good guy, trust me. He is quite happy at Celtic.”

The ‘French Eddie’ has been in the limelight for a while for his exquisite scoring ability (fired in 28 times in 45 appearances this season across all competitions), high work ethics and awareness in the attacking third. France Football claimed Arsenal and Crystal Palace’s interest in the 22-year-old, whereas clubs in his homeland are also keeping close tabs and monitoring the situation.

Christopher Jullien of Celtic scores his team’s second goal during the UEFA Europa League group E match between Celtic FC and Lazio Roma at Celtic Park on October 24, 2019 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

What Should Celtic Do Once The Crisis Is Over

An impressive loan stint from PSG during the 2017-18 campaign convinced then-boss Brendan Rodgers to tie Edouard down on permanent terms. They spent a club-record £9m to secure his services a couple of summers ago, and the Frenchman eventually exceeded expectations while spearheading the Hoops’ attack all alone.

Neither Moussa Dembele’s egress nor the sabbatical of Leigh Griffiths troubled the champions in maintaining their lead at the top of the Premiership table. Edouard kept on improving his game week in, week out and is now valued in the region of €30m which is indeed enormous considering the monetary constraints of Scottish football.

Although his current deal is set to expire in 2022, Celtic must begin fresh contract talks once the normalcy is restored overcoming the global health concerns. For now, Jullien’s words must be a breath of fresh air for all the supporters. Not sure, how much we believe him though, to be completely honest!

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