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Report: Celtic midfield star attracting interest from Marseille

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Report: Celtic midfield star attracting interest from Marseille

Olivier Ntcham has been unable to nail down a first-team berth this season due to a series of niggling fitness concerns.

Celtic face losing midfielder Olivier Ntcham this summer with the Daily Record reporting that the Frenchman is on Marseille’s radar.

The French giants have recently appointed Andre Villas-Boas as the club’s new boss and he is expected to oversee major repairs on his squad.

Ntcham has struggled for game time this season at Celtic Park. A series of niggling injuries have seen the 23-year-old struggle for consistency, with just six goals scored during 2018/19.

 

Celtic paid £4.5 million for Ntcham’s services back in 2017, according to BBC Sport. Last season he was injury free and netted nine goals for the Hoops.

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Porto have previously expressed interest in the player but a move back to his native roots might prove too much of a pull.

TBR Verdict

It might be for the best if Neil Lennon opts to offload the 23-year-old this summer.

Given that Celtic paid £4.5 million for his services just two seasons ago, the club should be able to recoup the majority of that sum.

That would allow Lennon lots of room to manoeuvre in the transfer market himself, whilst it would also get a seemingly injury-prone player off the books.

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Ntcham isn’t irreplaceable by any means but Celtic just need to ensure that a replacement is identified.

The last thing Lennon needs to do is leave himself short in a crucial area and replacing Ntcham would be key.

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