Football Insider pundit Paddy Kenny has been having his say on Celtic’s reported decision to terminate Olivier Ntcham’s Hoops contract.
The Lowdown: Celtic source shares update
A Celtic source informed Football Insider over the weekend that the club doesn’t intend to welcome the midfielder back from his loan spell in Marseille and will let him go for nothing.
Marseille had the option to make Ntcham’s loan a permanent deal this summer for £4.5m, however, they have decided against doing just that following his struggles back in France where he made just six appearances.
The 25-year-old will reportedly become a free agent next month, with the Hoops exercising their option to terminate the last year of Ntcham’s deal without having to pay his outstanding wages.
The Latest: Kenny reacts
Kenny, 43, was asked about the update by Football Insider, with the former goalkeeper describing it as ‘very strange’.
“It’s a weird one.
“I find that very strange looking at it from the perspective of money. There must be something behind the scenes that’s gone wrong.
“It’s costing them on two counts because they are losing a player and losing out on a fee too. Something must have happened that we don’t know about.
“Have they all agreed to cut their losses and move on? It’s a really strange decision.”
The Verdict: Surely the Hoops won’t terminate Ntcham’s deal?
These are just reports regarding Ntcham, with the club neither confirming nor denying the rumours on the central midfielder as of yet.
In our opinion, we don’t think this will actually happen. Yes, he is on £14,000-a-week, so the club could get his wages off the books should they terminate his contract.
However, Celtic were thought to be after a £7m fee for the player back in January, so we find it hard to believe they are now willing to receive nothing for his services.
He hasn’t had the best of seasons in Glasgow and Marseille, but if the club can receive anywhere in the region of his Transfermarkt valuation, £3.15m, then that could still prove to be an excellent piece of business.
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