Celtic's Moussa Dembele says he intends to be with the club 'for a long time'.
Celtic's Moussa Dembele
Celtic striker Moussa Dembele has told the Daily Mail that he is enjoying working under Brendan Rodgers, and wants to continue playing for the Bhoys for a long time yet.
Dembele, 20, hit 17 goals in all competitions for Fulham last season, but as his contract expired over the summer, Celtic swooped to land him for modest compensation.
The Frenchman was initially viewed as competition for Leigh Griffiths, who had real potential and could develop into a star under Brendan Rodgers, and a slow start to life in Glasgow left fans waiting to see what Dembele could offer.
Now, Dembele has become one of Celtic's most important players. With 16 goals in 25 games – including a hat-trick in the Old Firm derby against Rangers and a brace against Manchester City – Dembele has become Celtic's first-choice striker, leaving Leigh Griffiths on the sidelines even after a 40-goal season last term.
Celtic's Moussa Dembele celebrates scoring
Unsurprisingly, Dembele's exploits have already triggered major interest in the striker's signature. The Daily Mail recently reported that Manchester United want to land Dembele, as manager Jose Mourinho thinks the young centre forward has similar qualities to Didier Drogba, who of course worked with Mourinho at Chelsea to great effect.
Having lost Ki Sung-yueng, Victor Wanyama, Fraser Forster and Virgil van Dijk to the Premier League in recent years, Celtic will now be desperate to keep hold of their latest star in Dembele, especially given that they only signed him over the summer.
Tonight, scouts are bound to be watching Dembele in action as he and Celtic take on Barcelona in the Champions League, and the striker has commented on his future.
Celtic's Moussa Dembele celebrates
Dembele has told the Daily Mail that his dream is to bet Barcelona and win his first medal with Celtic, whilst he enjoys working with manager Rodgers, and offered the message Celtic fans want to hear – Dembele intends to continue playing for the club 'for a long time' despite the speculation over a possible move.
“The dream isn’t just to score against Barcelona,” said Dembele. “It is to beat Barcelona and get my first medal for Celtic. I enjoy working with Brendan and want to continue for a long time,” he added.
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