FC Nordsjaelland boss addresses speculation on Celtic talent Karamoko Dembele

By David Walton

June 24, 2021

FC Nordsjaelland manager Flemming Pedersen has addressed the recent speculation surrounding a move for Celtic talent Karamoko Dembele.

At the end of May, it had been reported by the Scottish Sun that Dembele was top of Nordsjaelland’s list to replace star man Kamaldeen Sulemana.

Dembele’s current contract at Parkhead expires in the summer of 2022 [Transfermarkt], meaning Nordsjaelland would’ve had to fire an offer in to Celtic in order to complete a deal.

However, Pedersen has dismissed the notion that his club was interested this summer. Instead, he states that there was solid interest during the winter and that there’s nothing in the pipeline anymore.

Speaking to Bold.dk, Pedersen said: “He turned up as an opportunity last winter. Often, when it comes out, the media is half a year late for it. When something comes out, it is often four or six months too late, but there is nothing now.

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“There was dialogue last winter, but it was something that we ourselves helped to shut down. At that time, we thought we had the players we needed.

“I shouldn’t say anything about that (a future move for Dembele). Things can go so fast in football.”

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Knowing that Dembele has an extra year on his contract is a major boost. Combine that with the fact that Ange Postecoglou has a strong desire to integrate youth and it’s a win-win.

Dembele should only have eyes on what he can achieve at Celtic this season. John Kennedy gave him a couple of cameos to end the 2020/21 campaign. It’s fair to say it left us wanting more.

There’s no denying Karamoko’s development has stalled more than we would’ve liked. Given his first-team debut came back in May 2019, we all thought we would’ve seen a lot more of him by now.

Celtic youngster Karamoko Dembele / (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

But the opportunities should be there for him under Postecoglou. It should be Karamoko’s aim to make an impression this summer and become a real competitor to James Forrest’s right-wing position. Especially considering we have nobody else available to challenge him for it.

As for how far the talks with Nordsjaelland in the winter went, that hasn’t been clarified. However, you would hope Celtic still have plenty of hope for what Dembele could offer this season.

Hopefully, any suitors will be batted away for now. Dembele still has a huge opportunity to make it at Parkhead.

In other news, Dom McKay’s next big Celtic move is absolutely crucial to fan morale.