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Celtic dismiss reports of Nir Bitton leaving club in summer

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Celtic have dismissed reports in the morning press which state that Israeli midfielder, Nir Bitton would be leaving the club in the summer.

Despite just penning a new five-year deal with Celtic, which would keep him at the Scottish champions until the summer of 2020, his agent Dudu Dahan was quoted as saying the midfielder would leave in the summer on Israeli radio.

Speaking on Sport 5 radio station, Dahan said: “We have had interest in Nir from English Premier League sides. Celtic have been approached, but right now is not the right time.

“The market price for him is not less than £10m. Some players in the Premier League are not as good as him and have been bought and sold for a lot more money. He will go to the Premier League – but in the summer, not in January.

“Nir currently still has a lot of achieve with Celtic and he has a contract in Scotland up until 2020.”

Despite these comments, Celtic have dismissed the reports and claimed there has been no approaches made for the Israeli.

A spokesperson for Celtic said: “We were delighted to agree a new contract recently with Nir and very pleased that he has committed his long-term future to Celtic.

“We know nothing about these reports but as Nir himself has said, Celtic is where he wants to be.”

Dahan, quoted via the official Celtic website, added: “These reports are not correct, I have never said that Nir will leave Celtic. Nir has signed a new contract with Celtic and appreciates everything he has at Celtic. He loves the club and wants to be at Celtic for a very long time.”

Bitton joined Celtic in 2013 from FC Ashdod for a fee worth around £700,000. He has went on to win two league titles and the Scottish League Cup with Celtic.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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