"I am really happy here"; Daizen Maeda's superb remarks on the Celtic supporters
Celtic striker Daizen Maeda has confirmed that he’s “really happy” at Parkhead and lauded the supporters for their backing of him and the team this season.
Maeda arrived in January from Yokohama Marinos and took not time at all to settle into life in Scotland. The Japanese international has managed 8 goals and 2 assists in only 20 games for the Hoops since arriving [Transfermarkt].
His impact has been so influential that he already appears to have become one of Ange Postecoglou’s undroppables. Maeda worked with the Celtic boss during his Yokohama days and looks destined to celebrate more title-winning success with him this season.
And as he provided an update on how he’s feeling in Glasgow, he’s made it clear in no uncertain terms that he’s absolutely loving life.
As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Maeda said: “Next week, as always, we hope we will get to share the happiness we feel with our fans and supporters. It wasn’t only against Hearts. Celtic fans are like that for us always and I am really happy to be here playing in that amazing atmosphere. It makes me happy.
“The weather has even improved recently and it feels very comfortable to live here now, I like it! But we don’t have the league title yet, so I will only think about that when everything is settled.
“It’s nice to be with my countrymen of course. But we have to concentrate on football over everything else. In terms of next season we would like to play here as Japanese players together and keep getting stronger and better over a full season.”
Daizen Maeda has proved his worth ahead of permanent Celtic move
It’s easy to forget but Maeda is currently only at Celtic Park on loan. The agreement with Yokohama will see him join Celtic permanently in the summer. It’s been reported that the attacker will cost as little as £1.6m come the end of the season [Scottish Daily Mail, 01/01, back page].
Already, that looks like it’s going to be an absolute bargain fee. For the running power, the energy, and the goals that Maeda contributes, it’s a total steal for Celtic to be securing him for a fee as little as that.
And it’s great from a supporter’s perspective to see him in such great spirits too. Maeda has been a hugely influential figure for Celtic this season, but the transfer was always going to bring about potential difficulties when it came to lifestyle and cultural changes.
Thankfully, Maeda looks to have settled in brilliantly in Glasgow. Just like Kyogo Furuhashi before him. It’s an extremely positive interview from the former Yokohama star.
He sounds ready to commit to the Hoops for the long-term and tackle UEFA Champions League football next term. And you have to say given the bounce we had since his arrival in January, he’ll have fully earned his spot in the competition.
Hopefully, we see Maeda kick on to new heights next term.