Superscoreboard pundit Mark Wilson has stated today that Karamoko Dembele will depart Celtic and move abroad in the summer.
Dembele’s contract is up at the end of the season, and that’s raised huge question marks. Given how highly-rated he’s been since his early teens, it’s unusual to see the Hoops allow his contract to run down like this.
That instantly leads to question marks over whether Dembele wants to remain at Parkhead. The young winger would almost certainly have signed a new contract by now if he was eyeing a stay.
So far this term, Karamoko has featured for only 15 minutes spread across two games. His first-team opportunities were supposed to be more frequent by now, and Wilson believes his mind is made up on a move.
Speaking on his Celtic Huddle podcast, Mark said: “He’s out of contract in the summer.
“Dembele is set to leave and will move abroad with a number of clubs interested in him, Lille and Nantes among them.”
Karamoko departure looks absolutely inevitable; another by-product of the Celtic environment
It’s difficult to put your finger on the sole reason for Dembele’s inevitable departure. Some may believe that it’s simply the player seeing his name in the headlines and wanting a swift move to a top Euro league.
Others will say that it’s just another by-product of the environment created by Neil Lennon and Peter Lawwell. And the one Dermot Desmond has allowed to fester well past its sell-by date. The same one that’s seen Jeremie Frimpong also demand a move away from the club [Sky Sports].
For example, if Brendan Rodgers had been in charge, would Dembele be leaving? It will be interesting to hear what the youngster has to say about his Celtic departure if he does go. He has to provide supporters with a reason – it’s the least we deserve for getting so excited about what he could bring to the club.
But what is clear is that all is not right. Lennon actually spoke about Dembele’s development as recently as mid-December. He said then that Dembele still had a bit of physical development to do before he could be picked regularly [The Scotsman].
That made sense at the time. He’s only 17 after all. Yet that’s not the tone Lennon was striking in the summer. When he spoke about Dembele before the season got underway, he said the following in The Scottish Sun: “We want Karamoko around the first-team squad this season. It’s that time now when he is going to be training with us all the time.”
That hasn’t come to fruition. And now, it looks as though he’s set to make way in just several months.