Legia boss says Celtic-linked Josip Juranovic is already being congratulated on move

By Euan Davidson

August 18, 2021

Celtic will conclude a deal for Legia Warsaw right-back Josip Juranovic, according to his current manager.

Legia boss Czesław Michniewicz sounded resigned to losing the defender, as he spoke to the press ahead of their meeting with Slavia Prague. The Polish side’s manager said that Juranovic’s teammates had congratulated the international

Much like Kyogo Furuhashi at Vissel Kobe, there’s the chance that Juranovic will be given a chance to play a final game for Legia. However, Michniewicz hasn’t committed either way as of yet.

The Legia boss said [Sun]:

“I know that the clubs have agreed on the transfer, and he is still negotiating his terms.

“I had a preliminary talk with Jura[novic] at the airport about the game. He is willing to play and we will make the final decision tomorrow.

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“How will this affect the team? Certainly there is some confusion. Today many people congratulated him that he would have a chance to develop in another club.

“But we also feel sorry that he would not be with us anymore. I’m not surprised he’s going, but it’s humanly sad that [he] will go away.”

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The 10-cap international represents some real quality at the right-back slot. While Anthony Ralston has been impressive, at the very least he’s assured himself of a back-up role this season.

If his teammates are congratulating him, it says a great deal about his intentions. It certainly implies he’s broken the news to his teammates, and they’re readily wishing him well.

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You’d expect former Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc to be leading the choir on that score.

Already, fans are excited about the potential signing. Clips of the right-back pinging pin-point crosses and moving with real attacking intent have the Hoops faithful waiting expectantly.

We know all about the drama of medicals, so nothing is guaranteed yet. But if Celtic can get this done, it really does represent some excellent business.

With further reinforcements needed in key positions, Postecoglou isn’t done yet. But this is a real move in the right direction. There have already been so many this summer.

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