EMILIO IZAGUIRRE wants to remain at Celtic for another three years to extend his career at the Hoops to a decade.
The popular left-back will return to Glasgow tomorrow to prepare for the Champions League qualifiers instead of playing for Honduras in the Gold Cup after Brendan Rodgers held talks with international boss Jorge Luis Pinto.
Izaguirre, 31, looked poised to quit Parkhead in the summer after losing his position to Kieran Tierney, but a one-year extension was activated on his contract.
He said: “I am proud to have played for Celtic for so long and grateful to the fans and the board.
“The Celtic manager has told me he wants to keep me.

“My wish is to stay for three more years with my family and then go to the MLS for two years and finish my career for four or five years at Motagua in Honduras.


“And my ultimate goal is to become the manager of Motagua. I have learned so much from the many great coaches I have played under and I think that would help me hugely when I retire and go into management.

“I have had offers to go to other teams for many years, but at Celtic I get to play in Europe. In my view, the Champions League is better than the World Cup.

“I have won many trophies and been treated well in Glasgow. God willing, that’s where my future will be.

“With regards to concrete offers, in my first season at Celtic, when I won Player of the Year,  there was an offer from a Premier League club in England.

“I was close to going because there were some of my team-mates made that move to England, but Celtic gave me the opportunity to continue with them and I decided to stay.”

The defender has won six titles, two Scottish Cups and two League Cups at the Hoops.


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