Celtic will refuse to sell Odsonne Edouard in January, according to reports in the Daily Record.
The 21-year-old has scored five goals in seven Scottish Premiership appearances this season and scored a hat-trick for France’s Under-21s in their 5-3 win over Slovakia earlier this week.
The report says his stock has risen massively since the start of the season and Parkhead bosses are expecting big-money bids to come in January.
However, it also claims that Edouard’s representatives have been told he won’t be allowed to leave at the turn of the year.
The Frenchman signed from Paris Saint Germain for a club-record fee of £9.27m in June 2018 and signed a contract until 2022.
Last month he had this to say on his future: “Each player has his own career, his own path.
“As far as I’m concerned, at the moment I am here, and I’ve got a long contract — I’m really enjoying what I’m doing.
“I just want to keep making sure I enjoy playing for Celtic and then we’ll see what happens. But there is no plan, if you like.” (Quotes via the Scottish Sun)
This seems like the right decision for Celtic, considering they’re in no desperate need to sell him and have their first real title race with Rangers in just under a decade to think about.
The 21-year-old should be in no rush to leave either considering his age, and by staying he’ll have the chance to build up his reputation and skillset even more before signing for a European giant.
His nine goals from 17 games in all competitions has put him on the radar, and now he can prove his consistency by winning Celtic the title and earning his big-money move.
If he does succeed with Celtic this season then the club should be happy to take their money and invest it in the depth of their squad.
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