Scott Brown urges Moussa Dembele to stay at Celtic

Celtic's Scott Brown celebrates scoring their fifth goal

Moussa Dembele has been attracting attention from Marseille, but Celtic skipper Scott Brown is keen for the striker to stay.

Scott Brown has assured Moussa Dembele that it is by staying at Celtic, that he will make significant improvements as a footballer as the youngster continues to be linked with a move away from Parkhead, the Daily Mail reports.

The Mail reports that Ligue 1 side Marseille have been heavily linked with the former Fulham man - but reports that talks are taking place have been denied by the Scottish Premiership champions - after his sensational first season with the Hoops.

Celtic's Moussa DembeleCeltic's Moussa Dembele

But Brown is adamant that everything is in place at Celtic for Dembele to take his game to the next level, and thus, he should ignore interest from elsewhere and stay put for the time-being.

"He is a top quality player and underneath this manager he is going to get better," he said, as reported by the Mail.

"We have a great manager and, if he stays here, he will definitely improve.

"I am sure the gaffer wants everyone to stay here, so here's hoping everyone does stay."

In fairness, while some will criticise the quality of the Scottish top flight, it could certainly be argued that staying put is a good decision for the 21-year-old.

Celtic's Moussa Dembele celebrates scoring a goal

He is surely more likely to enjoy more first-team football with the Bhoys during the coming season than if he was to move to the Stade Velodrome - and Celtic's dominance in most games should ensure that he has a number of chances to work off to perfect his game further.

And while Celtic still have some way to go, staying with the Hoops could still present him with a chance to play in the Champions League again this year, while Marseille are currently gearing up for their Europa League qualifiers. 

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