Jozo Simunovic explains 'most important reason' for Celtic transfer

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Jozo Simunovic wants to continue being a champion with Celtic.

New Celtic signing Jozo Simunovic has told the club's official website that the chance of being a champion with the Bhoys was the most important reason for his move to Glasgow.

The Croatian centre back, 21, had come up through the ranks with Dinamo Zagreb, following in the footsteps of Vedran Corluka, Dejan Lovren, Luka Modric and Niko Kranjcar in starring with the Croatian giants.

Now, Simunovic has made his move to Britain - much like the aforementioned quartet - but instead of a Premier League transfer, the defender has signed for Celtic as Virgil van Dijk's replacement.

As a result, there is plenty of expectation on Simunovic to be an important player under Ronny Deila at Celtic Park, and he's certainly used to winning.

Much like Celtic dominate Scottish football, Dinamo Zagreb are the team to beat in Croatia, so Simunovic shouldn't feel too much pressure when it comes to playing for the biggest team in the country.

Speaking to the club's official website after signing for Celtic on deadline day, Simunovic claims that the saga surrounding his future went on for a while after Dinamo rejected Celtic's opening bid for the defender, before admitting that the prospect of joining another big club as one of the biggest reasons for his move.

"When I found out that Celtic wanted me then I started to think about it," said Simunovic. "The first time Dinamo said no, but I believed that Celtic would come back and that I would sign for the club."

"It is like Dinamo as every year they are champions and I want to be a champion. It is maybe the most important reason why I came here," he added.

Whilst playing against Aberdeen this weekend may be too soon for Simunovic, he will certainly be expected to play a big part this season and beyond as he looks to fill the void left by Van Dijk's move to Southampton.

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