Nir Bitton comments on possibility of leaving Celtic for Premier League transfer

Nir Bitton says he is happy at Celtic, and won't be pursuing a move to the Premier League.

Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton has told the Daily Mail that he is happy at Celtic Park, and isn't looking to make a move to the Premier League in the near future.

Bitton, 24, joined the Bhoys in summer of 2013 as a replacement for Victor Wanyama, but didn't make much of an impact in his first season under Neil Lennon.

Once Ronny Deila became manager in the summer of 2014, Bitton gradually worked his way into the Celtic team, and is now seen as one of the first names on the teamsheet, having starred throughout last season's title-winning campaign.

The Israeli international offers a physical presence in the Celtic midfield, he's calm in possession and has even been known to score some stunning long-range goals - and those exploits have triggered speculation about his future.

The Sunderland Echo recently reported that Sunderland had been looking to sign Bitton, but the defensive midfielder's recent five-year contract extension meant that a deal was unlikely.

Now, Bitton has been asked about his future in Glasgow, and told the Daily Mail that he is happy at the club, despite having seen Virgil van Dijk and Fraser Forster leave the club for Southampton - but wouldn't rule out the possibility of a future move to the Premier League.

"I don’t think about it really," said Bitton. "I have just signed a new contract. I play for a big club and sometimes it is better to play for Celtic than at the bottom of the Premier League. Right now I am in the right place. Maybe in the future, you never know."

"If I was looking at it, I would not have signed a new contract. I am happy here, the fans are great, it is a huge club with the chance of the Champions League and you don’t need more than that in your life. But you never say never in football or life and we will see," he added.

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