New Celtic signing Moussa Dembele has been discussing his move to Glasgow.
Moussa Dembele celebrates scoring for Fulham
Having allowed Colin Kazim-Richards to leave for Brazilian side Coritiba, sold Stefan Scepovic to Getafe, and let Carlton Cole leave on a free transfer, it became clear that adding a new striker was a priority for new boss Rodgers.
Now, Celtic have landed quite the coup, as tonight they confirmed the arrival of Fulham striker Moussa Dembele, who will now challenge top goalscorer Leigh Griffiths at Celtic Park.
Dembele, 19, is a former Paris Saint-Germain youngster who took the Championship by storm with Fulham last season, forming a sensational partnership with Scotland international Ross McCormack on his way to smashing 17 goals in all competitions.
With his contract at Craven Cottage expiring in a matter of days, Celtic have swooped to land Dembele on a four-year deal, taking advantage of a loophole which means they have to pay much less compensation than if Dembele had signed for an English club.
It's an exciting start to Rodgers' transfer activity, and the player was asked by the club's official website just how ti feels to be the first signing under Rodgers' reign - and he responded by saying it's 'unreal'.
Dembele also shared what Rodgers told him before signing for the Bhoys, with the Northern Irishman stating that Celtic were a good club for the French striker to play and develop with.
"It's a massive thing to come to this club," said Dembele. "And to be the first signing of Brendan Rodgers is something unreal for me and I can't wait to start."
"The manager told me that Celtic is a good team for me. When I come here I will have game-time but I have to show that I can stay in the team, and it’s a good way for me to progress here with a massive stadium and the fans and the city. Everyone lives for Celtic, and for me it’s unbelievable to play for a massive club like this," he added.
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