Celtic starlet rules out January move away from the club

Celtic's Patrick Roberts, Moussa Dembele and Erik Sviatchenko celebrate winning the final

Celtic made what was arguably the signing of the summer when they brought Moussa Dembele to the club on a free transfer.

Celtic striker Moussa Dembele has ruled out a move away from the club in January, describing his current happiness at Parkhead, whilst praising the atmosphere generated by the partisan home support, as quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times.

The 20-year-old has been a revelation for the Hoops since his move to the club in the summer on a free transfer, and has gone on to score 17 goals in 27 outings fro Brendan Rodgers' men.

Celtic's Moussa Dembele celebrates winning the finalCeltic's Moussa Dembele celebrates 

The problem for Celtic fans is that Dembele's performances have been of such a high standard that he is attracting interest from some of Europe's biggest clubs, but the France under-21 international was adamant that he will be going nowhere in January, when speaking to the Glasgow Evening Times:

“I have a four-year contract at Celtic and I don’t see myself leaving. I won’t be going anywhere in the winter. When you score a hat-trick in an Old Firm match, it’s something you remember all of your life. It will forever be in the history of that derby. There are maybe three clubs in Europe who can produce as much atmosphere."

Celtic's Moussa Dembele celebrates scoring their first goalCeltic's Moussa Dembele 

Whilst it will be comforting for Celtic fans to hear Dembele's words stating his intent to stay at the club for this season at least, it will be hard to imagine the Glasgow giants being able to resist a mammoth offer from one of Europe's elite clubs in the summer.

The problem for Brendan Rodgers is that he is trying to build a squad that will be capable of progressing through to the knock-out stages of the Champions League in the foreseeable future, and to do that, he cannot afford to lose players of Dembele's calibre, irrelevant of the money they would potentially receive for him, because it will be next to impossible to attract a player of equal quality to the Scottish league to replace him.

Next up for the Hoops is a trip to Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday where Dembele will be hoping to continue his fine run of form.

Celtic's Moussa Dembele celebrates scoring their third goal from the penalty spotCeltic's Moussa Dembele celebrates 

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