Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham is reportedly set to return to Parkhead after his loan stint at Marseille, meaning the Hoops will miss out on a £4.5m pay day.
Ntcham had left Celtic to join Marseille on loan in January in rather controversial circumstances, as Andre Villas-Boas had offered to resign as a result of the signing. It now seems as if the Frenchman’s ill-fated spell at Stade Vélodrome is set to come to an end in the summer.
Will Ntcham leave Celtic in the summer?
Sampaoli doesn’t want Ntcham at Marseille
French outlet RMC Sport (via Sport Witness) have reported that Marseille boss Jorge Sampaoli has made his feelings clear on several players’ futures, including Ntcham.
Marseille had the option to sign him permanently in the summer for a £4.5m fee, but that is a profit that Celtic will now miss out on with the Frenchman set to return after Sampaoli’s decision.
During his time at Marseille, Ntcham has made only four Ligue 1 appearances, playing twice in the cup. His last appearance came against Montpellier earlier this month, but he played just a single minute (as per Transfermarkt).
Ntcham value falling; bad news for Celtic
Ntcham is currently rated at £3.15 million (Transfermarkt) and his value has only fallen since early 2020. That isn’t a good sign at all for the Bhoys, as it doesn’t seem like he has a future in Glasgow and the profit the club could earn from an exit is slowly but surely declining.
Ntcham’s current contract runs out in the summer of 2022 and he was once linked with multiple Premier League sides. With that in mind, we feel the Hoops should be desperately shopping him around to teams south of the border this summer, or they risk losing out on a decent pay day as his deal ticks down next season.
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