Celtic boss Ronny Deila: Stefan Johansen is good enough for the Premier League

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Celtic manager Ronny Deila admits that Stefan Johansen could leave for a Premier League club in the summer.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has told Norwegian station TV2 that midfielder Stefan Johansen is good enough to play in the Premier League.

Johansen has been at the Bhoys since January 2014, when he joined them from Norwegian club Stromsgodset.

The central midfielder has established himself as a key player for the Scottish giants, and Deila wants him to continue at Celtic Park.

"It’s clear it’s difficult,” Deila told Norwegian station TV2 in Marbella, as translated by STV. “He is good enough to play in the Premier League but then it is a question of whether he wants it.

"I think Stefan is very fond of Celtic and it’s a much bigger club to play for than for example West Bromwich.

"Stefan made a wise choice when he chose to go to Celtic. Here he is allowed to develop, not least physically. He has been playing regularly at a high level.”

Johansen is a very good player and is good enough to play for a Premier League club, but he needs to make sure that he chooses the right team in England if he does decide to eventually move.

Celtic are the biggest club in Scotland and regularly play in Europe, something that not many English outfits can boast of.

Of course, if a top-six Premier League club come for Johansen, then one can understand the 24-year-old’s temptation to leave.

However, it is best for Johansen’s career if he remains at Celtic until and unless he gets an offer from a Premier League club where he can further his career.

Moving to the Premier League just for sake of it is something the Norway international should avoid.

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