Diego Laxalt’s agent has thrown some doubt over the idea he could stay at Celtic permanently.
The Hoops left-back is currently in Glasgow on a season-long loan deal from AC Milan. Reliable Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio reported last month that the Uruguayan could stay beyond the end of the campaign. He stated that both clubs could look to open talks before the end of the season.
Laxalt has been an impressive figure since signing up at Parkhead too. He’s made 15 appearances for the club already, and has proven himself to be the most high-quality left-back at the club.
But the idea of him staying permanently appears to be a touch more unlikely now. That’s because his agent has been talking up a potential move to England for his client next year.
As quoted by the Scottish Sun, agent Ariel Krasouki said: “Diego is playing a lot of games for Celtic and he is very happy there. They treat him very well in Glasgow.
“In the summer he will return to Milan after his loan contract at Celtic ends. I think Milan will try and sell him at that point before his contract expires in a year’s time.
“Diego’s wish is to play next season in England. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.”
Celtic still have plenty to show Laxalt
These are, no matter how you dress it up, worrying comments. There’s no need for his agent to fabricate this. He wouldn’t say this if Laxalt didn’t have his eyes set on a potential move to England next season.
But we till have an ace up our sleeve. Laxalt has hardly experienced a thing at Parkhead. Sure, he’s played some games domestically and in Europe, but think of everything he hasn’t experienced.
He’s yet to experience Champions League football in Glasgow. He hasn’t experienced a packed out Celtic Park. He’s yet to experience derby success or even a league championship win. All of this would be a lot more exciting with supporters in attendance.
So there’s so much more for Laxalt to do here if he wants to stay. He has to look at how much he’s enjoying his football and where he can reinvigorate his career. His next move will be massive for him in more ways than one.
Of course, that’s something for the future. There’s plenty of time between now and the end of the season and all eyes for now is on securing 10-in-a-row. But it’s vital we keep Laxalt as we’ll likely have enough players leaving in the summer as it is.
We’ll see what happens here when the time comes. Hopefully the Uruguayan stays at Parkhead in any case – he’s proving to be a fantastic acquisition.