What Josip Juranovic has said about his Celtic future

By David Walton

June 21, 2022

Celtic supporters were left either rocked or rolling their eyes last night with a reported update on Josip Juranovic and his future.

Indeed, the often reliable Fabrizio Romano reported that Juranovic is expected to leave Celtic Park this summer and is interesting English Premier League clubs. That’s despite the fact he only arrived at Parkhead last summer from Legia Warsaw.

Much of the advantage Celtic have heading into the summer window came from the fact that many of their top stars had only arrived last summer. Therefore there is supposed to be no fears over any of them looking to depart. Especially not with a Champions League campaign to look forward to.

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And Juranovic has provided some reassuring messages to supporters in the past when asked about his future. Back in March, for example, he said the following as quoted by Sportske: “Celtic is a great club. I enjoy it from the first day, I go to training with a smile, I enjoy the club, the city, the fans.

“Transfer? There are always some stories, but I leave that to my manager, I am at Celtic with all my heart.”

Juranovic signed a five-year contract with the club last summer, with Celtic firmly in control regarding any potential bid from the player.

No need to panic over Josip Juranovic as Celtic remain in control

Juranovic again outlines his enjoyment of Celtic earlier this month when he stated that he couldn’t wait to return for pre-season. He stated that the environment at Celtic Park was “great” for him too [24Sata]

Granted, many will say that these comments can be taken with a pinch of salt. That the reality will always be that players are happy to big up their current clubs before jumping ship at the first opportunity.

Sure, Josip is ambitious. He showed that by only staying at Legia Warsaw for one year. But he worked his backside off along with everyone else to secure Champions League football last season. Surely, that’s exactly what he’ll want to experience this year before potentially looking ahead to what’s next.

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It doesn’t feel as though we have anything to truly worry about at the moment. There are no bids that have come in for the Croatian international whilst Celtic have total control over the situation in any case. Juranovic is only going to depart if Postecoglou believes the fee is high enough. That, at least, provides an element of comfort.

We’re probably going to get this kind of talk throughout the summer window for several of our other top stars. It’s just important to remember the reality of the situation. We aren’t going to be forced into selling. The only deals that will be sanctioned will be those deemed acceptable by Ange given the players are all on long-term contracts.

For now, there’s nothing to really concern ourselves about with Juranovic. We don’t need stuff like this overshadowing pre-season.

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