Celtic will terminate Olivier Ntcham’s contract ahead of the summer window, according to Football Insider.
The Lowdown: Ntcham’s struggles
Ntcham made the move to Ligue 1 side Marseille during the winter window. The central midfielder initially joined on loan with the option of making a deal permanent for around £4.5m in the summer.
He’s made just six appearances back in France and hasn’t done enough to convince Marseille to splash the cash on his full-time services.
That’s left the Hoops in a tricky position, and it seems as if they have now taken a huge decision on the player’s future.
The Latest: Celtic source shares update
A Celtic source informed Football Insider that the Hoops have no plans to welcome the midfielder back to Parkhead.
Ntcham has been told that he will be a free agent as of next month, just over four months on from the club wanting £7m for his services.
What do you make of Celtic's decision?
The right call!
Should've looked to sold!
The Verdict: McKay seems to have exploited a loophole
With no first-team manager or director of football in place, new CEO Dominic McKay may have been at the heart of this decision.
Ntcham signed a four-year deal back in 2018, however, it seems as if Celtic and McKay have exploited a loophole in that contract.
Football Insider claim that the Hoops always had the option to terminate the last year on his deal and aren’t required to pay his wages.
Ntcham is thought to be on around £15,000-a-week at Parkhead, so although the club won’t be receiving a fee for his services, at least they’ll be getting a player who earns more than the likes of Kris Ajer, Ismaila Soro and Vasilis Barkas off the books.
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