Buyers beware, “Dembele’s not for sale” – Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Celtic have received an offer for Moussa Dembele, but will not allow the 21-year-old forward leave.

Dembele has been subject of on-going intense transfer speculation even before the transfer window was opened this month and there have been reported links to Premier League sides; Brighton and Hove Albion, Everton and Crystal Palace.

Italian side AS Roma were said to be latest club vying for signature, should Edin Dzeko – who has been linked with Chelsea – leaves Roma this month.

Dembele who joined Celtic from Fulham in the summer of 2016 has scored just eight goals in 21 appearances across all competition this season.

And Rodgers has stated that the France under-21 international has two-and-a-half years left on his current deal with Hoops has never at any time declared an intention of leaving the club and is ‘fully committed’ to the club’s progress.

Rodgers told Sky Sports (via Goal.com)

“Moussa has never once asked to leave Celtic.

“We brought him here as a talented young player at 19 and he has shown that talent.

“He has come in with a plan: his agent, himself and I know what the plan was but he has never asked once to leave. He is fully committed to Celtic.

“We have had one official bid for him that is nowhere near the value of what the value of Moussa is. But equal to that we have no interest in selling him.

“He is not a player for sale, he has two and half years left on his contract. He is an extremely talented young player.

“Naturally, we said a few weeks ago about a little bit of focus but it’s only natural. But he has trained, he is working well, is working hard and he is available.

“That’s as clear as I can be. In defence of the player, because it is important for supporters to understand, this is a boy that is fully committed to Celtic.

“He has been linked with so many teams so naturally, the mind can wander but he is a great boy.

“He won’t be like what you see in some clubs and what you have witnessed before, where players down tools. It is not the case at all.

“He is a really good boy who we want to keep here and the only thing that would ever take him away is if he didn’t want to be here and if that is the case then someone would have to meet his value and at this moment at time, neither is the case.”

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