John Kennedy has recently addressed the future of Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham and has appeared to offer him a Parkhead olive branch ahead of the 2021/22 season.
However, his loan spell back in his native country hasn’t gone to plan and it seems as if Marseille will reject their £4.5m option to buy.
Ntcham will have just 12 months left on his Celtic contract should he return at the end of the season, which could leave the Hoops in a tricky situation.
Talking to the media, as reported by The Herald on Saturday, Kennedy insisted that no doors have been shut on the 25-year-old’s Hoops career and labelled the central midfielder as ‘talented’.
Will Ntcham leave Celtic in the summer?
“We’re not closing any doors on Olivier. I spoke to him a few weeks ago and I have a good relationship with him.
“He was keen to get out for a new challenge and the club agreed on that. It was good for both of us at that time.
“But if there’s going to be changes in the summer, Olivier might be motivated to give Celtic another shot.
“He’s a very good player as we know so that’s a conversation that will have to take place at the end of the season if Olivier wants to come back and fight to be at Celtic.
“He could be a big part of the club moving forward because he’s a talented player.
“Marseille hasn’t worked out for him and sometimes the grass isn’t greener.
“He’s a good lad, he’s professional and in the coming weeks the club will need to speak to him about how his future looks.”
Transfer Tavern take
Kennedy hasn’t ruled out a Hoops future for Ntcham, but reports elsewhere have suggested that the midfielder will leave for good over the coming months. A Celtic source revealed to Football Insider last month that the Frenchman doesn’t want to play for the club again regardless of what happens at Marseille, so Kennedy’s hopes of a Parkhead future for the midfielder could be short-lived.
Hoops managerial target Eddie Howe wanted Ntcham at Bournemouth back in 2016, so he too may be frustrated by the player’s recent thoughts regarding his Parkhead future.
Should his feelings remain the same, you’d expect that Celtic will look to cash in over the coming months, aiming to recoup most of the £4.5m they spent on him back in 2017.
In other news: Celtic source claims ‘absolute mess’ behind the scenes may scupper early summer signing, find out more here.
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