Celtic star says he has no ‘concrete’ offers to leave, but opens door for exit

Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton has denied that he is seeking a move away from Parkhead, but claimed that he is keen to play in one of Europe’s top divisions.

The Israeli has been linked with a move to the Premier League in recent months but the 24 year old says he is happy to stay at Celtic.

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Speaking to the Daily Mail, Bitton said that the transfer rumours were not at the forefront of his mind:

“I have heard all about the interest in me, but there has been nothing concrete. Celtic are a big club and I like it here. I am not thinking about leaving and it doesn’t concern me.”

Pressed further in the interview about where he would like to play if Celtic received an approach which was too good to turn down, Bitton did state that a move to the Premier League would be the most likely option.

“I guess if I got an offer that was too good for both sides, Celtic wouldn’t stop me from moving forward. If I could choose, I’d obviously like to play in one of the main leagues in Europe like England, Spain, Germany or Italy. Because Celtic are in Britain, it’s more likely the options will come from England. But I like it in Glasgow and we are settled.”

The holding midfielder has been a regular in Ronny Deila’s side this season, making 45 appearances in all competitions, scoring eight goals and providing one assist.

He will be hoping to keep his place in the starting line up next season under a new manager.

An appointment is expected in the next couple of weeks to fill the vacant managerial role at Celtic Park.