Euro club chairman rates Celtic winger Liel Abada as a £17m talent
Maccabi Petah Tikva chairman Avi Luzon has claimed that Liel Abada is already worth €20m [£17m].
Celtic signed Abada from the Israeli club last summer in one of Ange Postecoglou’s first-ever signings for the club. The Hoops had to splash out as much as £3.5m to secure him too in what looked like a sizable outlay at the time [Scottish Sun].
However, Liel has gone on to have an absolutely stunning season in his first year in Scotland. The right-winger managed to bag 15 goals and 11 assists under Ange Postecoglou en route to a double-winning campaign [Transfermarkt].
His form has been so impressive that he’s now receiving regular minutes in the Israeli national team alongside former Maccabi teammate Manor Solomon. And Petah Tikva chairman Avi Luzon believes both men are now worth a fortune after moving to Europe and shining.
As quoted by ONE, Luzon said: “When I said that Manor is worth €20m people laughed. I was wrong, he is already worth €40m today. Liel’s worth today is much more than what he was sold for. €20m.
“I am sure that they will continue to show their good ability and lead the Israeli national team to a major tournament. I love them. I always knew that their place was in the lineup of the senior national team and in the future their place is guaranteed in the lineup. I enjoy seeing them, I feel very proud.”
Liel Abada not for sale as Celtic gear up for big season
If a club did come in for Liel with a figure in the ballpark of £17m, you would like to think Celtic would remain strong and resist.
We’re not naive of course. There will be a time and a place that Abada will feel is right to depart Celtic for. But it simply can’t be this summer – not with what’s still to come.
Abada has yet to experience UEFA Champions League football – something he’ll be guaranteed should he stay in Glasgow. That will also shoot his international career to new heights as he looks to cement his spot in the Israel senior side.
Celtic should have every belief that they can get even more than around £15m for every single one of their top talents. You can’t overlook what they managed to achieve last term.
Abada was crucial to that, and at only 20 years of age, it’s absolutely frightening when you look at his level of potential.
Hopefully, he’s able to realise that potential at Celtic Park for some time yet.