Karamoko Dembele’s future has been the source of speculation for many months, with Celtic desperately trying to tie the talented teenager to a long-term deal.
The 17-year-old’s current contract at Celtic Park will expire this summer and news of his availability has alerted the interest of some of Europe’s biggest clubs, with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Chelsea all keeping an eye on the youngster.
The latest teams supposed to monitor Dembele’s performance are Ligue 1 teams Lille and Nantes, and with time counting on Celtic’s chances of tying him up, the Hoops have received a heavy blow in the wake of the announcement. of his move abroad.
Former Celtic defender Mark Wilson has claimed on The Celtic Huddle podcast that Dembele is keen to leave Scotland once his deal expires this summer, although his destination remains unclear.
First brought into the first team by former boss Brendan Rodgers, the England Under-17 starlet has only made five senior appearances for the club, with the postponement of youth and lower-level football due to the coronavirus pandemic, seeing his chances of normal playing time hampered.
Many Celtic fans have asked boss Neil Lennon to give the 17-year-old in the first team a chance, but it looks like Dembele’s patience is finally running out and he looks set to leave Celtic Park this summer.
The winger first made headlines in 2016 when he made his Under-20 debut at just 13, and news that he looks set to leave the club for a free transfer will carry a blow to Lennon. in what has been a truly despicable season for the Hoops.
Not only does their dream of ten successive Scottish Premiership titles already seem to be well and truly failed, but the fine form of the city’s rivals Rangers has made it a campaign to be forgotten for the Scottish champions.