Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard has opened up on his hopes for the future at international level as well as speaking about his love for former club PSG.
The 21-year-old departed the French champions for Celtic on loan in 2017 before completing a permanent £9million move the following summer. He has since gone on to become the club’s talisman following the sale of Moussa Dembele last summer.
Edouard is also making impression on the international scene. He scored four goals in two matches for the French under-21 team in the recent wins over Albania and the Czech Republic. And after the second of those victories he gave some interesting quotes to French TV channel Canal Plus. (Translated by Get French Football News)
“For me this is a great source of satisfaction and pride,” Edouard said. “It is always important to score goals as an attacker. For my first two games, this can only mean good things for what’s up next.
“My aim, I’ve already had this discussion with the coach, is to play in as many matches as possible. And to have a place as a starter and a leader in the squad. But it is up to me to prove on the pitch that I deserve that.
“I am thinking about it (the Olympic Games), however we are still far away from that. We have a season to do. For the moment I am going to enjoy each match with the French national team to try to show my abilities.
“Things are working well (with Celtic), but it is down to work. I give everything and that is also important on the pitch… PSG is the club of my heart, I still have friends of mine over there who grew up with me in the youth set-up.
“For the moment, it is not really in my head (to come back to PSG). For the moment I am playing, I am enjoying myself and we will see what happens in the future.”
PSG may be taking notice of Edouard
If Edouard is still at Celtic next summer, and that’s a big if, it seems like the early part of the season will be disrupted by the Olympic Games. The forward seems very keen to play for France in Tokyo and that would affect Celtic at perhaps the most important time of the season.
Edouard was one of our better players in the European qualifiers this season and the prospect of him not being around next year is particularly worrying. However, given the way he’s currently playing, there’s probably a fair chance that he won’t be hanging around Glasgow at all at that stage.
He’s likely to come under real interest during the next two transfer markets and Celtic will have to do everything to keep him. It will also be interesting to see what kind of transfer fee the Hoops hierarchy put on his head.
They have set the standard with the £25million fee garnered for Kieran Tierney. Given Edouard’s a striker you could probably add on another £5million to his value.
It will be a sad day when he goes. Hopefully he’s still got a number of goals to score before then.