Celtic: Stefan Johansen not thinking of summer exit

Stefan Johansen has scored 12 times for Celtic this season
Stefan Johansen has scored 12 times for Celtic this season

Stefan Johansen says he has had no thoughts of leaving Celtic despite attracting the admiration of foreign clubs and fellow players.

The Norway midfielder has been nominated for the PFA Scotland Premiership player of the year award.

"Right now I'm happy at Celtic," said the 24-year-old who has scored 12 times this season.

"I feel like I'm becoming a better player every day. I don't see any reason why I should move."

Celtic manager Ronny Deila recently dismissed reports in their Norwegian homeland that clubs in Germany and England were watching Johansen closely.

"To be honest, I haven't focused on that at all," said the midfielder, who has 16 caps for his country.

"There are still a lot of games to be played this season, so right now I'm not thinking about that."

Stefan Johansen helped Celtic win the Scottish League Cup this season
Stefan Johansen helped Celtic win the Scottish League Cup this season

Deila sold Johansen to Celtic from Stromsgodset in January 2014 and the midfielder says the manager following him to Glasgow in the summer helped him settle in Scotland.

"Last year, I arrived in January and had just six months to get used to the culture here and the tempo of the game," he said.

"But this year I got a full pre-season with a gaffer I know and have been played further up the park, so that was important for me.

"Ronny was the guy who took me to Stromsgodset and helped me a lot with the things I needed to work on.

"He's been the most important figure in my career. He has helped me get to where I am today."

Johansen, who is joined on the PFA shortlist by team-mate Virgil van Dijk, Aberdeen striker Adam Rooney and Dundee forward Greg Stewart, is surprised that Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon and midfielder Scott Brown are not among the nominees.

"They have had great seasons," he said. "Craigy came back from injury and has been outstanding, Broony as well.

"He showed earlier this season how important he is for us when he was injured then came back and performed so well."

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