It looks as if Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham is set to return to Parkhead this summer.
That’s after Marseille president Pablo Longoria notably missed out the Hoops man when discussing the club’s plans for next season, as reported by the Daily Record.
The Ligue 1 side landed Ntcham on loan on deadline day and have an option to make the deal permanent for £4.5m this summer, but it is perhaps no surprise to see them refuse that option given his lack of impact in France.
Ntcham, on £14,000-a-week, has made just six appearances back in his native country and hasn’t exactly blown fans or coaches away with his performances, so it seems as if they’ll be sending him back to Glasgow over the coming months.
What should Celtic do with Ntcham this summer?
Transfer Tavern take
New Celtic CEO Dominic McKay could really do without this update. Hoops sources recently revealed (via Football Insider) that Ntcham has made it clear he doesn’t want to play for the club again, so it could’ve been ideal for McKay if Marseille signed him for £4.5m.
However, it looks as if McKay will now have a player who doesn’t want to be at the club on his hands ahead of the 2021/22 season, and with just 12 months left on his deal in the summer, the Hoops may have to accept a cut-price fee for the 25-year-old which isn’t ideal.
Even worse, given he has mustered up a horrific 6.13 average match rating (Whoscored) in Ligue 1 and is now forever linked with the infamous Andres Villas-Boas storm (talkSPORT), McKay may not even be able to sell him, leaving the new chief needing to rebuild a squad while players like Ntcham act as roadblocks to that happening.
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