A player reportedly on the radar of Glasgow sides Celtic and Rangers has spoken out about his future, in conversation with Sky Sports.
Parkhead and Ibrox have both been touted as possible destinations for Montpellier attacker Thomas Robert, the son of former PSG, Newcastle and France winger – and current Montpellier coach – Laurent Robert.
The 19-year-old is available on a free transfer this summer and, after impressing in the UEFA Youth League, Chronicle Live claims he has already alerted both Neil Lennon’s Celtic and Steven Gerrard’s Rangers.
Newcastle have also been linked with Robert – indeed, Laurent seems keen on his son following in his footsteps – and, speaking with Sky Sports, the teenager admits the English Premier League would be his dream move.
“I need to prove to everybody that I can play in a bigger team. I need to stay free of injury and help the team win.
“I have told Montpellier that I can’t sign with them again unless I can play in the first team. Now I am free from Montpellier and can go somewhere else in the new season.
“My dream is to play in the Premier League in England – for me, it’s the best competition in the world.”
With Robert set to leave Montpellier on a free transfer, he would be a relatively inexpensive gamble for either Celtic or Rangers, and even though his heart seems set on joining Newcastle, it remains to be seen whether they do take him on, particularly with all that’s going on behind the scenes takeover-wise.
Able play on either flank or as a number ten behind a centre-forward, Robert has been part of Montpellier’s first-team squad all season but hasn’t been given a game, and he looks eager for first-team football – so if Newcastle do hit the ground running with regards to bringing in high-profile signings, he might still not get a look in.
While his father Laurent could perhaps be accused of being biased in terms of his son’s abilities, he is nonetheless a professional coach at the same club, so his declaration about having “the quality to play at the highest level” shouldn’t be overlooked.