Celtic defender Christopher Jullien doesn’t think there’s any reason to worry about Odsonne Edouard leaving the club anytime soon, The Sunday Post report.
Foreign outlet France Football have reported in recent days that Crystal Palace and Arsenal are interested in signing the striker, with the latter viewing him as a potential replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette.
That clubs would covet the player is no surprise considering the season he just had.
Netting 27 goals and assisting 19 times in 43 appearances, he tore Scottish football apart and impressed in the Europa League.
He also announced himself at U21 level with France, showing excellent scoring form in youth internationals.
It will inevitably lead to more speculation about a big-money move away from Glasgow but Jullien is adamant that he’s not going anywhere.
As quoted by The Sunday Post, he said of his friend in the dressing room: “Don’t worry, I am sure Odsonne is good and happy where he is.
“I’m sure he will stay. He is silent, he hides what he is feeling and he is someone who controls his emotions. But he is a really good guy, trust me. He is quite happy here.
“He is a good player and one day he will have a lot of clubs interested in him, but he is in a really good place right now with Celtic.
“I enjoy playing with him and I want him to stay for as long as he can. That would be unbelievable for everyone at Celtic. He is in a really good place.”
Those comments will be music to the ear of Celtic supporters given Edouard’s importance to Neil Lennon’s teams and his popularity with fans.
The striker is contracted with the club until 2022 and still has plenty to offer, with the Bhoys likely chasing an incredible tenth title in a row next season.
Nobody even knows what the transfer market will look like this summer and whether clubs in cash-rich leagues will have the money to recruit at Edouard’s level.
Jullien seems to think none of that matters anyway, which is good enough for me.