Odsonne Edouard has put to bed any suggestion that he could be interested in leaving Celtic amid reported interest from Napoli, insisting, in comments reported by the Daily Mail, that he still has plenty to prove at Parkhead.
Edouard’s future has become a talking point after the Daily Mail reported this week that the Serie A side were eyeing a substantial bid for the striker.
The 21-year-old has scored six goals in 12 appearances for the Hoops at the start of this season, including the opener in the impressive win at Rangers before the international break.
The Mail reported that Napoli were plotting a bid with Celtic valuing the former Paris Saint-Germain man at £30 million. But Edouard has suggested that he has no plans to move on anytime soon.
‘I’ve got a season to play, I’ve got a long contract, I’m really happy with the way I’m playing, the set-up here and I’m really happy to play with my friends for the team,” he said, as reported by the Daily Mail. ‘The main thing at the moment is I’m a Celtic player and I’m happy to be a Celtic player.
‘I’ve still got a lot to prove with Celtic, as part of the Celtic team. There’s a long season ahead of us, we need to concentrate on that. The key is I’ve got to prove myself here first.’
Unfortunately for Celtic, it appears more than likely that they are going to lose Edouard at some stage in the coming years. But they will ensure that they earn as much as possible from his sale.
Like Moussa Dembele last summer, Edouard can help Celtic secure a huge figure. And that will undoubtedly improve the club’s hopes of uncovering the next Dembele or Edouard. It should also ensure that they can strengthen other areas of their squad.
But for now, it is fantastic that Edouard appears to have no plans to leave. His record is outstanding, particularly in some of the Hoops’s biggest games.
The longer Celtic hold onto Edouard, the bigger the statement it makes. It shows that £30 million-rated players see staying with the Scottish Premiership champions as a real option as they look to realise their full potential. And that may also help when Celtic battle for transfer targets in the future.