Celtic’s Erik Sviatchenko suggests he wants move to England

A general view inside the ground prior to the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Celtic and Paris Saint Germain at Celtic Park on September 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko has been linked with Southampton in the January transfer window.

Denmark's Erik Sviatchenko on the pitch before kick off of the international friendly football match between Scotland and Denmark at Hampden Park in Glasgow on March 29, 2016.

Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko has revealed to The Scottish Sun that he would like to move to England in the January transfer window.

According to The Daily Record, Premier League club Southampton are interested in signing Sviatchenko from Celtic this month.

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The same publication has also claimed that Copenhagen have made a bid of £1.5 million for the 26-year-old central defender.

The Denmark international has commented on his future, stating that he would like to move to England in the January transfer window.

Eric Sviatchenko of Celtic celebrates as Celtic win the Betfred Cup Final between Aberdeen FC and Celtic FC at Hampden Park on November 27, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Sviatchenko told The Scottish Sun: “Copenhagen are a big club so I don’t want to rule anything out – but the priority for me is to stay abroad.

“I feel that I have a lot to contribute and it’s an exciting challenge to be abroad compared to the Super League.

“I can see myself at a Championship club, for example. It’s a bold league where there are a lot of cool matches.

“It could also be a springboard for the Premier League. I’m 26. I’m on my way to my best football age and I want to play somewhere where I can get responsibility.”

Erik Sviatchenko of Celtic arrives at the stadium prior to the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Sviatchenko has been on the books of Celtic since January 2016 when he joined from Danish club Midtjylland for a transfer fee reported by BBC Sport to be worth £1.5m when Ronny Deila was in charge.

The Dane arrived at Celtic Park with a strong reputation, but the 26-year-old is struggling for playing time at the moment.

The defender recently told Danish outlet TV3 Sport that Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has told him that he is free to leave in January (click here to read more).

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