Earlier this week, Eboue Kouassi intimated to The Record that leaving Celtic was not on the agenda for him.
The 20-year-old midfielder has been linked with a move to Ligue 1 after Foot Mercato reported that a number French top-flight clubs were keen.
But for now, it looks like he might be staying at Parkhead, which is good for Brendan Rodgers; not because Kouassi is an excellent player, but because Rodgers previously made a bold statement about the Ivorian and it wouldn't reflect well on him had he sold the former Krasnodar star.
Back in January, Rodgers told The Scottish Sun that Kouassi - a £3 million signing in 2017 - had "everything" needed to one day become Scott Brown's successor in the Bhoys' midfield.
He said: "Kouassi is one who is brilliant in training. He does everything, and longer-term he will certainly fulfil that role when Scott moves on."
How can Rodgers offload Kouassi this summer, six months after saying that?
It was a very brazen claim and the Northern Irishman couldn't let him leave Glasgow without being a touched embarrassed by the comments.
Brown, 33, has just had arguably his best-ever season in Glasgow, so it's a massive shout by Rodgers regardless, but it'd look a hell of a lot sillier if he were to admit defeat on that experiment so soon after saying it.