Bahlul Mustafazada has told Football Plus that he has not had any contact from Gabala FK over whether his contract with the Azerbaijani side will be extended, amid rumours he could be on his way to Celtic.
The 22-year-old only joined Gabala last summer but is said to be in the final months of his current deal, which expires at the end of the season. He has played 25 times for Gabala this season.
Naturally a centre-back, the 10-time Azerbaijan Under-21 international can also play in holding midfield. The Daily Record claims Celtic have invited him to Glasgow for a trial, with a view to a permanent deal.
Mustafazada has strengthened such rumours by suggesting his stay at Gabala could be over just 12 months after it started, with the top-tier side yet to offer the centre-back a new deal.
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“I have not had any contact with the club on whether or not my contract will be extended,” Mustafazada said. “Probably now everyone is waiting for the end of the season, because they are focused on the league.”
Celtic need centre-backs. There is absolutely no question of that. Dedryck Boyata’s contract is set to expire, Filip Benkovic is heading back to Leicester City after his loan and a number of currently players are not good enough.
They include Jack Hendry and Marvin Compper, while question marks still surround Jozo Simunovic. A leader at the back is needed, but Celtic fans will have been hoping for someone more high profile that Mustafazada.