Nir Bitton 'not thinking' about summer Celtic exit despite reported Sunderland interest

Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton has pledged his future to the club amid speculation surrounding a move to the Premier League.

Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton has told The Herald that he intends to stay with the Bhoys despite recent reports of interest from the Premier League.

Bitton, 23, joined Celtic from FC Ashdod in his native Israel back in 2013, but was in-and-out of the side in his debut season in Glasgow, playing just 20 times under Neil Lennon.

This past season though, Bitton has become a key player under Ronny Deila's leadership, playing 43 games in all competitions.

The giant midfielder has impressed with his influential play in holding midfield, breaking up play and efficiently passing the ball into Celtic's flair players.

Those superb displays have now seemingly attracted Premier League interest, with the Daily Record reporting last month that Sunderland were eyeing up a £5m move to lure Bitton to Wearside.

Bitton has now been asked about his future with Celtic, and the impressive midfielder has told The Herald that he wants to stay at Celtic - but won't rule out a move away from Glasgow at some point in his career.

"In the last six months, I feel I have improved significantly," he said. "The Scottish League might not be the most attractive, but Celtic are a huge club. You need to play for this club to know just how amazingly powerful it is."

"At the moment, I am not thinking about a move to the English Premier League. All I want to do is stay at Celtic and keep improving myself as a player. This club is the best option for me. A huge club with an enormous fan base."

"Of course in life, sometimes you get offers you just cannot refuse. But right now I am not thinking about moving anywhere," he added.

Bitton's comments will delight Celtic fans, who have no doubt enjoyed watching him play this season  - and the player clearly has an emotional attachment to the Bhoys supporters, as many former players have.

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