Reported Celtic, Stoke City target Zakaria Bakkali confirms 13 offers, will announce new club soon

Zakaria Bakkali

Zakaria Bakkali has been linked to both Celtic and Stoke City this season.

Bakkali is out-of-contract this summer, and amid links to Celtic and Stoke City, he has confirmed to Voetbal International that he will announce his new club in the coming days, having had 13 transfer offers.

The Belgian wonderkid said: “I have had thirteen offers, including one from Anderlecht. But I wanted to go to a big competition. I want to go to a club where I play. I will soon announce my decision. I go to one of the biggest leagues in Europe.”

The talented winger has been linked with Celtic in the past, as per the Sunday Mail, and with Stoke, according to the Daily Mail, and with his recent comments in looks as if both of those options are still on the table.

He references the need to play consistently, and that can be offered by both interested parties, although the Bhoys may be ruled out due to his comment that he will go to one of the ‘biggest leagues in Europe’.

The SPFL cannot stake a claim to that title, although the Premier League can, and Stoke look a real possibility for Bakkali’s signing.

The 19-year-old winger is considered one of the brightest prospects in European football, but his career has endured something of a decline this season.

Having pushed for a move away from current employers PSV last summer, when his reputation was at its height, the youngster spent this entire campaign in the reserve team of PSV, making just five appearances in the Jupiler League.

His contract runs out this summer, and the PSV management were not happy with his unwillingness to sign a new deal, so they forced him to miss out on an entire season of his development.

There is no doubt that Bakkali is a talented player, but whichever club signs him this summer will need to guarantee that they set him straight to ensure that he develops to the full potential he has undoubtedly shown.

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