Antonio Barragan is loving life at Real Betis and he is apparently determined to stay at the Benito Villamarin for one more year despite interest from Scottish Premiership champions Celtic, according to Estadio Deportivo.
Celtic might have splashed out £1.6 million on Israel international Hatem Abd Elhamed this week but, with the transfer window set to slam shut in a few weeks’ time, manager Neil Lennon knows that he needs some added depth on the right-hand side of his defence.
Barragan, a former Liverpool and Middlesbrough defender, is 32 years of his age and therefore feels like a short-term stop-gap solution. But that would be doing a disservice to a player who produced six assists in the 2017/18 La Liga season before falling out of favour in the following campaign.
But, according to Estadio Deportivo, the veteran wants to stay at Betis and see out the final year of his contract. He has ‘no intention’ of leaving Andalucia this summer despite the prospect of winning a first-ever league title in the green and white of Celtic.
Fortunately, The Hoops had planned for this. With two other right-backs on their radar, they have a couple of alternatives lined up already. Barragan’s refusal to move only narrows down the search.
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