Jota discloses how his family feels about his move to Celtic
Jota has stated that his family are really pleased with his loan move to Celtic as he touched on the message they keep giving him to keep him grounded.
The Portuguese talent is at Parkhead on a season-long loan agreement from Benfica. Celtic have an option to buy the player, believed to be just over the £6m mark [Sky Sports].
It’s fair to say he’s on the right track to winning fans over too. Many supporters and pundits have already called on Celtic to make their move on him quickly after bagging 3 goals and 5 assists in 12 Hoops appearances [Transfermarkt].
And speaking to Celtic’s official media channels, Jota has stated his family back home are also delighted with how things are going:
“They are really happy with everything going on. They say to me I have grown up with this philosophy that it’s easy to get there, but it’s difficult to maintain the level. Only the greatest can do that.
“I’m just looking to keep on improving, remain humble and achieve really good things. This couldn’t happen without the support of the team. If I can help with my goals and assists and playing my football, that’s what I’m looking for.”
Jota continuing to shine as Celtic spell boosts his profile
Jota quite clearly made the right decision for his career in the summer. His spell with Real Valladolid in Spain last year didn’t quite see him take off in the manner he would’ve liked. A route back into Jorge Jesus’ Benfica first-team, meanwhile, wasn’t on the cards.
Scottish football has always had a certain stigma attached to it. That proper footballers don’t come here to strut their stuff. It’s great to see such a highly-rated talent in Jota go against that idea.
After all, Celtic have proven to be a big proving ground for some of the best young talent in Europe these days. Just ask Moussa Dembele and Odsonne Edouard. Just ask Virgil van Dijk. Celtic know how to give players a platform and move them on to greater things.
Ultimately, that’s what Jota will be eyeing up in the long-term. His footballing utopia won’t be at Celtic Park. But that’s fine because we know how the game works up here. Celtic and Jota just work for each other, and the arrangement both have for now is paying off.
It remains to be seen whether we’re able to pull off a permanent deal in the summer. It’s naive to think this will be a simple as throwing the option-to-buy fee at Benfica and the deal will be complete. We still need to hope Jota has the desire to be here for a longer period of time.
For now of course, we’ll keep our eyes focused on the short-term.