AC Milan star Rafael Leao tweets after brilliant Jota to Celtic update
Celtic’s reported move to make Jota a permanent signing, has received the backing of AC Milan superstar Rafael Leao.
Yesterday, Sky Sports News reported that Ange Postecoglou’s men were “expected to trigger” Jota’s £6.5m option-to-buy clause before the end of the season.
As you would expect, this update caused plenty of chatter amongst Celtic fans who are in love with the winger after his three month contribution in the Hoops thus far.
But the update has reached further afield than Glasgow, with €35m Milan signing Leao sharing his thoughts to his 108,000 Twitter followers last night.
Okay, so his thoughts weren’t exactly clear, and I’ve never been a huge fan of emojis anyway. But that looks positive, right?
Does Leao know something about Jota to Celtic move?
When you wade through the vast swathes of comments asking Leao to join Jota in Glasgow, you do reach a few that ponder whether the full Portugal international knows something we don’t know.
It certainly seems like all the noises are good ones, in regards to Jota extending his stay in Scotland.
Jota and Leao know each other from their Portugal youth days. The pair probably ran into each other at club level too, with Leao’s youth days coming at Sporting Lisbon, across the city from Jota’s at Benfica.
As much as friendships aren’t always a good barometer of footballing ability (Edson Braafheid was good pals with Arjen Robben), Jota’s acquaintances are a reminder that he was once rated just as highly as the likes of Leao and Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix.
This is the level he can rise to again. Celtic may be the place for him to do that.