Former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie has claimed that “something happened” between former Hoops manager Neil Lennon and Olivier Ntcham.
The Lowdown: Hoops holding out for £4m
The midfielder was sent out on loan to Marseille during the winter transfer window, with the French club having the option to make that move permanent in the summer. It doesn’t look as if that clause will be activated, with the player himself making it clear that he wants to leave Celtic Park this summer regardless.
The Latest: McAvennie’s claim
Talking to Football Insider regarding the French midfielder, McAvennie appeared to share an inside claim on the 25-year-old and former Celtic manager Lennon. The 61-year-old said:
“I like him as a player, I really do.
“For me, he didn’t get enough games. I don’t know what his attitude is like but he’s barely kicked a ball in France.
“I don’t know his current situation but I like him. I would not be disappointed if he came back and had a fresh start under whoever the new manager is.
“The boy can play. Something happened with him and Lennon before he went. So now he’s gone, who knows?
“He’s a Celtic player and Celtic need good players this summer, he knows what’s needed. New manager, clean slate.”
The Verdict: Celtic will be lucky to receive £4m
In our opinion, the Hoops will be very fortunate to receive their £4m asking price for the midfielder this summer. First of all, he will have just 12 months on his Celtic deal in the summer, meaning that interested clubs could hold off until January and wait for a possible pre-contract agreement.
Secondly, his Transfermarkt valuation has dropped from £4.5m to £3.15m in the space of 12 months. That could be due to his infrequent displays on the pitch, with Ntcham starting just three games for Marseille since his move.
On that basis, we’re not confident that Celtic will receive £4m for Ntcham over the coming months.
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