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Moussa Dembele could have left Celtic a year before he did

Moussa Dembele could have left Celtic a year before he did - Celtic

Celtic may have lost Moussa Dembele on the final day of the transfer window this summer, however, he could have left the club a year prior to that transfer.

The striker completed a move to Olympique de Lyonnais for a fee thought to be in the region of £19.7million, via the BBC, in a rather controversial fashion.

The 22-year-old appeared to push for the move after initially being told that he would not be sold.

He has since featured for the Ligue One outfit on a number of occasions and has already found his shooting boots, having netted three goals in seven league appearances, as well as bagging a goal in the Champions League.

However, it appears he had the chance to leave the Scottish Premiership champions a year earlier than he did but chose against it.

According to L’Equipe, via Sport Witness, Celtic had ‘only accepted’ an offer from Brighton and Hove Albion for Dembele, but he opted to remain at Celtic Park for one more season, in which he helped them to back-to-back Treble success.

The Verdict:

Dembele was a fan favourite at Celtic before all the controversy that surrounded his departure from the club and his desire to leave the Scottish giants.

He managed to excel in his first season at Parkhead, having netted 17 times in his debut year with the club, so it does not really come as a surprise that he had potential suitors straight away.

However, his decision to turn down Brighton and get a move to Lyon a year later appears to have paid off and he will be looking to help their quest for silverware.

Celtic fans – thoughts?

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