Alberth Elis' father discusses his future after reported Celtic interest

By David Walton

June 24, 2021

Alberth Elis may have been linked to Celtic again this month, but his father believes he’s now eyeing up10 the English Premier League.

Portuguese outlet A Bola stated recently that Celtic were looking to jump into the race to sign Elis from Boavista. However, the website also claimed that he would be worth €10million [£8.5m]. West Ham and Southampton were also linked.

Before he moved from Houston Dynamo to Boavista, Elis talked up Celtic. He stated that he would always asked Emilio Izaguirre about a dream move to Parkhead [Daily Record].

However, it appears that dream has now changed. Now, Elis’ dad believes his son’s focus is now on a switch to England should it arrive.

As quoted by La Prensa, Elis Sr said: “If (Southampton or West Ham) ask us, it is a joy for us. If they ask, it is because there’s interest. We could say, looking at his characteristics, yes Alberth can make it in the Premier League.

“It may be he is close to fulfilling his dream because (in England) they have him in their sights.”

Alberth Elis and his Celtic dream looks to be a previous one

I’ve always been a fan of Elis. He’s a direct winger who has both power and pace. His goal record also speaks for himself with eight and seven assists this season for Boavista [Transfermarkt]. Not to mention his 63 direct goal contributions for Houston Dynamo in recent years.

But it’s likely now the case that Elis views Boavista as a similar step to Celtic. When he spoke about a dream of moving to Parkhead, the likes of Boavista likely held a similar place in his heart.

You would have to question the point in even signing him now either. He’s only been in Portugal for 10 months and is looking to leave the club already. Celtic need longevity from their signings this summer. Players committed to the project for the long term and who see themselves at Celtic Park for several years.

Alberth Elis in action for Boavista (Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Elis likely doesn’t fall into that category. Say we signed him and he produced big this season. As soon as substantial English interest popped up, he could be a difficult character to handle.

Yes, winning the league this season is what’s important. However, we’re also undergoing a rebuild, and we don’t need any temporary pieces coming into the club just now.

So all the best to Elis and his next career move. But it’s clear he sees his next switch as a direct move to the English Premier League.

In other news, more Midtjylland stars have been linked with moves away before the Celtic tie.