Greek journalist claims the Olivier Ntcham Celtic exit saga isn't over yet

By David Walton

June 29, 2021

The Olivier Ntcham Celtic exit saga continues to go on and on, with Giannis Chorianopoulos providing yet another update this afternoon.

On Sunday, it looked as though the Ntcham to AEK Athens story was dead. It came after Chorianopoulos, a Greek journalist close to the club, stated that Athens were looking at alternatives to Ntcham. This was due to the idea that Celtic weren’t interested in allowing the Frenchman to leave for free.

Celtic have the option of triggering an extra year in Ntcham’s contract. Given the interest in him, you could see the value in the Hoops taking advantage of it.

However, now it looks as though Athens could still be interested regardless. Chorianopoulos has provided a further update today, and he’s claimed that the Greek club are now considering a transfer offer for the midfielder:

Ntcham is back in pre-season training at Lennoxtown after spending the second half of last season with Marseille.

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If it isn’t AEK, it’ll likely be somewhere else. When you’re of the mindset that Ntcham is in regarding where he’s playing his football, it’s extremely difficult to turn things around.

He’s undoubtedly talented. However, he’s shown too often that when he’s unhappy at the club he’ll down tools. It’s difficult to put his poor performances for Celtic down to anything else.

Olivier Ntcham: not a fan of Scotland / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Ange Postecoglou will want to give everyone a clean slate. He’s already stated that he’ll look to speak to the wantaway players regarding their long-term futures. But he won’t allow those who aren’t committed to the project the opportunity to remain in Glasgow [Daily Record].

That’s great to hear from a supporter’s perspective. But when it comes to Ntcham, there’s no talking him out of wanting to move. Not when he views himself as above the game in Scotland.

So even if Athens decide not to make an offer for Ntcham, Celtic would surely rather sell than keep him around. If there was a desire from Olivier to stay at Parkhead then it would change the picture. Unfortunately, however, there’s no sign that’s the case.

In other news, Josh Doig has been urged not to leave Hibernian for Celtic this summer.