Celtic: Moussa Dembele is a player we want to keep - Brendan Rodgers
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Moussa Dembele is happy at Celtic and the club have no plans to sell the striker, says manager Brendan Rodgers.
Asked about reports linking the 21-year-old with Marseille, Rodgers said "100%" no talks had taken place.
"Moussa has been linked with 10 clubs," he said. "There's nothing in it from our perspective.
"There's no rush from Moussa. He loves being here. He knows he is in an incredible environment where he can learn and improve."
Dembele scored 32 goals in 39 games in all competitions for Celtic last season, his first since arriving from Fulham for a compensation fee of £500,000.
Celtic host Rosenborg in a Champions League qualifier at Celtic Park on Wednesday.
Dembele did not train on Tuesday because of injury, according to Rodgers.
The France Under-21 international has three years to run on his contract and Rodgers said he had not spoken to the player about his future this summer.
"Part of the plan for Moussa coming in here was that, if he progressed how I thought he would progress and if he wanted to move at any time, it was going to be after the second year," said Rodgers.
"The projection was that he could come here and improve, develop and win trophies and then look as a young player to go and show that he has the consistency to go again the next season.
"To be a successful player, you have to have the mentality to keep going year in, year out.
"He doesn't change either way. There can be lots of speculation. He gets on with his work.
"There will be a natural solution. There will be something at some point in his career here when there is an offer which is a sensible one for both parties.
"It's certainly nowhere near that at this moment. He's a player we want to keep and, if anything ever did come in, we would assess it.
"I haven't put a price on what that would be. What I know is that he's a 21-year-old who is developing and growing and has all the qualities to play at the very highest level."
1 hour ago
How on earth is he going to improve playing in Scotland?
Well it seems like he has done just that over the last year playing in Scotland with his value going up by 40 fold - explain that Scabamanga
1 hour ago
Celtic must be the most boring team to support
No, Man U are!!
Celtic could do with getting another year or two on his contract.
I'm Scottish, I love Scotland, I love Scottish football, but I'm a pragmatist: and the grade of competition Celtic are up against is poor, whatever Celtic may think of themselves.
Unlike Hazard last season, Dembele actually played in the Champions League and gave a very good account of himself. He has scored four goals in six games for the French Under 21's, a team with an embarrassment of talent.
SPFL may be a poor league, doesn't mean he is a poor player.
3 minutes ago
He'll be gone by this time next week
While your comment is ridiculous (IMO), your username is genus!
2 minutes ago
Nuke em all you appear to be a green brigade banner holder.
Are u kidding? while every other team had to suffer and play by the rules "barry bankrupt bigot boys" (next months new name) CHEATED the whole of scottish football. Your mob should get back in a corner and remain silent, be fortunate u still have some form of club to support.