A Celtic loan deal for Valencia star Zakaria Bakkali would be best for all parties

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Why Celtic should revisit interest in Valencia's Zakaria Bakkali in the summer.

After breaking through at PSV Eindhoven, Zakaria Bakkali was hailed as the next big star of Belgian football.

The youngster netted a hat-trick on his Eredivisie debut for the club against NEC Nijmegen, at just 17-years-old.

He soon won a senior international cap, but it was all down hill from there, trading on his reputation and potential rather than his performances.

Bakkali was linked with many of Europe's top clubs, and in February 2015 it was reported by the Daily Record that Celtic were lining up a £750,000 swoop.

The transfer talk appeared to be a distraction for Bakkali as he lost his place in the PSV team, and ended up leaving to sign with Valencia in the summer.

The winger has had a mixed time in Spain, with Los Che struggling for form themselves. Bakkali, still just 20-years-old, has made 19 appearances, scoring once and providing four assists - but only four of these games have been as a starter.

ESPN reported this week that he will now miss the rest of the season for Gary Neville's side after suffering a pelvic injury.

With Valencia likely to strengthen in the summer, Bakkali faces an uphill task to kick on next season if his playing time decreases, but with a contract until 2020, time is on his and the club's side.

This is why a move to Celtic on loan for the 2016/17 season could suit all parties. If he could enjoy similar loan success to international teammate Jason Denayer at the club, it could really help his confidence, and aid his development as a footballer.

At Celtic he could expect to get more than four starts in a season, and would replace current mid-season acquisition, Colin Kazim-Richards.

Celtic would position themselves nicely if Bakkali did decide his future was not at Valencia, and this would be a move which would suit all parties.

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