Filip Uremovic explains why he didn't sign for Celtic

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Scottish Premiership champions Celtic signed Christopher Jullien for £7m - at the expense of Rubin Kazan's Croatian defender Filip Uremovic.

Filip Uremovic of Croatia looks on prior to the 2019 UEFA U-21 Group C match between Croatia and England at San Marino Stadium on June 24, 2019 in Serravalle, Italy.

Rubin Kazan defender Filip Uremovic has admitted to Championat that Celtic were interested in signing him earlier this summer.

The Hoops have a proud history of signing little-known players from various European outposts before turning them into household names on the green half of Glasgow. Think Virgil van Dijk, Victor Wanyama, Jozo Simunovic and co.

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So Uremovic is very much a typical Celtic target. At 22 years of age, the commanding Croatian is young, promising and comes with a substantial re-sale value. It should come as no real surprise to learn that, when looking to replace Dedryck Boyata and Filip Benkovic, Uremovic registered on the radar.

Though it seems that Celtic decided against bringing him to Scotland.

 

"I had the option to move to Celtic this summer, but the transfer did not happen. I don't look at it as a bad thing because it meant I'm staying at Rubin and I am very happy here,” the 6ft centre-back said.

"But the reason the deal didn't take place was because they went out and signed another player instead. The main reason I talked to Celtic was because of the attraction of them playing in the Champions League.”

It seems that Uremovic is referring to Christopher Jullien, the towering Frenchman who swapped Toulouse for Celtic in a £7 million deal back in June.

Toulouse's forward Christopher Jullien (C) celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match, Toulouse against Nancy, on December 17, 2016 at the Municipal Stadium in...

Interestingly, Jullien is four years older and far more established than the little-known Croat. But he has the added advantage of arriving with many years of experience in the French top flight under his belt, honing his talents against the likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Nicolas Pepe across the channel.

Uremovic, however, has made just 102 league appearances in his career so far. And, unlike Jullien, he is yet to prove himself in a top European league.

Maybe this is one for Celtic to revisit in a year or so.

CSKA Moscow's Fyodor Chalov (L) and Rubin Kazan's Filip Uremovic in their 2019

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