Celtic have announced the signing of Guinean striker Amido Balde from Vitoria Guimaraes in a deal reportedly around £1.8 million. The 22-year-old has signed a four year deal with the SPL champions.
Balde scored nine goals in 27 appearances for Vitoria Guimaraes last term, with the club finishing in ninth place in the Portuguese Liga.
Speaking to the official Celtic website, Balde said: “I am very happy to sign my contract with Celtic. I am proud to sign for the club and want to do everything I can to take this opportunity, work hard and grow as a player. The club has very good players and I feel I can help as well.
“I fell in love with the club three years ago and then watched every game on TV. When I saw the Barcelona game last year it was crazy and I loved the crowd. There are no words I can say to describe what it means for me to play for Celtic.”
“I am excited that this has happened. I want to play and show the people my desire to play for Celtic. This is a big club and a historical club in Europe. From now on my native country, Guinea-Bissau, every single person is going to start loving Celtic.
“I talked very carefully with my agent and we thought Celtic was a very good club. I don’t like describing myself but I am a very hard-working player and want fans to love me because of my hard work on the pitch.”
“I am still very young but want to grow up as a player. I will learn from the other players at the club. I want to take this opportunity to learn from the players with more experience than me, and then one day I will become the player people expect me to be.”