Celtic interim boss John Kennedy has broken the club’s silence on Odsonne Edouard.
Over recent days, Arsenal and Leicester City had been strongly linked with moves for the Frenchman. Speculation has persisted all season, with even the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus supposedly after the 20-goal striker.
However, John Kennedy insists that Celtic won’t be rushed into making a decision. While recognising the efforts of European giants who do their business early, the interim boss was in no mood to fuel rumours. To the contrary, he made it clear that Edouard is a highly-valued asset that the club would rather keep.
John Kennedy spoke to assorted journalists to discuss the future of Celtic’s star man [YouTube]:
“When you’ve got good, talented players, there’s always interest. There always is.
“That’s what happens. You see it around Europe now in terms of big clubs making moves quicker on players. Especially in Germany with Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. They move very quickly on players and pay the fees early.
“I’ve no doubt there will be interest in Odsonne, as there was last season and all the time he’s been here because of the amount of talent he’s got.
“But ultimately the club will do the right thing for ourselves. We want to keep him for as long as we can because of the talent he’s got, and the ability he’s got. There ultimately comes a point, whether it be contractually or the players’ motivation and everything else, you have to sit down and address that. And that’ll be done in the summer.
“But he’s very focused. The way he’s trained this week has been superb. He’s very focused on what he can do from now until then.
“We’ll deal with that in the summer.”
Celtic refusing to do Odsonne Edouard business until necessary
It’s nice to see such determination and honesty from John Kennedy.
Under previous regimes, we may have got a fiery response that told us nothing. Or, a sarcastic quip about interest in the player. Kennedy, though, seems more concerned with telling supporters what’s actually happening.
It’s clear that Kennedy, as a representative of the club, doesn’t want to spread the message that Edouard is for sale. Inevitably, he realises, there’ll be discussions about whether a big side can do business for the Frenchman. But that’s a problem for the summer, and Edouard needs no distractions while he’s on such good form.
Celtic supporters are well aware that Eddy won’t be at Celtic forever. But is there anything in these comments to suggest that, in fact, the club might pull out all the stops to keep Edouard? Some big contracts will need renewal if the Bhoys have any chance of keeping him, as well as Kristoffer Ajer and Ryan Christie.
If you were to ask the majority of supporters, we’d tell you that we’re essentially resigned to losing our big names.
Maybe there’s a surprise or two in store.