Nir Bitton clarifies situation surrounding his Celtic future amid conflicting reports this week

Nir Bitton has committed his future to Celtic, despite suggestions that he could leave.

Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton has told the Daily Mail that suggestions he could leave the club are 'crazy' given that he recently signed a new contract.

The Israeli international joined Celtic from FC Ashdod back in 2013, shortly after the Bhoys sold fellow defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama to Southampton.

After an initially slow start to life in Glasgow, Bitton has now become a key player under Ronny Deila, and is one of the first names on the team sheet.

The 24-year-old has now been touted as one of the next players to make the jump from Celtic to the Premier League, given that the Bhoys have recently seen Fraser Forster, Virgil van Dijk, Gary Hooper and the aforementioned Wanyama all move on to English football.

However, Bitton committed his future to Celtic last month, penning a five-year contract extension to seemingly end any lingering doubt over his future.

Yet, earlier this week, reports from the Daily Mail and alleged quotes from Bitton's agent Dudu Dahan suggested that the giant midfielder could make a move away from Celtic next summer, leaving Bhoys fans to worry about his future all over again due to the conflicting messages over his contract and potential exit.

Now though, Bitton has tackled the speculation, telling the Daily Mail that any speculation over his future is crazy - and told his agent that he only wants to continue at Celtic Park.

"There has been a lot of speculation about me in the last days but I don't care," said Bitton. "Everybody can say what they want – I have no control over that. All I care about is Celtic. I've just signed a five-year contract so to say I am going to leave now is a bit crazy."

"The most important thing for me is Celtic and I just want to keep improving myself here. I said when I signed, I really appreciated when the club offered me five years and as soon as I got the offer I didn't think twice. I just told my agent – okay let's do it. I just want to continue here now," he added.

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