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Has Eboue Kouassi dropped hint on Celtic future?

Celtic's Kouassi Eboue looks on during a training session at the Celtic Training Centre in Lennoxtown, Scotland on October 30, 2017, on the eve of their UEFA Champions League Group B...

Celtic's Eboue Kouassi has been linked with a Parkhead exit this summer.

Eboue Kouassi of Celtic arrives at the stadium prior to the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on April 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Eboue Kouassi has suggested to The Record that he does not plan on leaving Celtic this summer.

According to Foot Mercato, several Ligue 1 clubs are interested in signing the Ivorian midfielder, who joined Celtic for £3 million [The Record] 18 months ago.

Despite a lofty transfer fee, Kouassi has struggled to repay it so far and has only started eight games under Brendan Rodgers across all competitions.

However, the former Krasnodar ace is perhaps still wanted by Rodgers, evident by the fact that he earned a 22-minute cameo in Tuesday night's Champions League win in Armenia.

And Kouassi has suggested to The Record that he hopes to earn more playing time for the Scottish side going forward.

“I hope this is the start for me. I want to have more responsibility in the team. We shall have to wait and see. Playing in such a big game does give me confidence.

“Every time I play I am very happy and want to prove myself. I have to wait for my chance to get into the team.

“As a team, we have good mentality now and a good spirit, so this is why we will be better than last season. I want to play more, all I can do is work hard and do my best when the manager gives me my chance.”

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is seen during a training session at Lennoxtown Training Centre on April 27, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

These are not the words of someone who plans to quit Celtic and it will be interesting to see if Rodgers meets him half way and plays him more often this season.

That being said, the Bhoys are also keen on Hibernian's John McGinn, having seen two bids rejected so far, and his arrival would make it very difficult for Kouassi, considering Scott Brown and Olivier Ntcham's presence in Glasgow at the moment.

Zenit St Petersburg's Argentinian defender Emanuel Mammana (L) vies with Celtic's Ivorian midfielder Kouassi Eboue during the UEFA Europa League football match between Celtic and Zenit...

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