What Ligue 1's Marco Bizot has said on his future as Celtic link emerges
Marco Bizot stated as recently as last week that his long-term goal was to cement himself in Ligue 1 despite a recent link with Celtic.
French website Homme du Match reported yesterday that the Hoops are interested in a loan move for the Stade Brest goalkeeper. It was said that Brest would only be interested if there was a compulsory agreement to buy the player in the summer.
It remains a bizarre rumour considering the Dutch international only joined Ligue 1 in the summer when he signed from AZ Alkmaar. He’s also played every game possible for his club this season, making the prospect of a move slightly odd.
And to add to the mix, Bizot himself stated how happy he was at his new club as he reflected on how he’s settled in.
Speaking to Ouest France, Bizot said: “Overall, in terms of collective performance, it was a complicated start. The results weren’t good at all, but we have the right attitude. I had the feeling, for a few weeks, that the points were going to arrive. I understand that the end of last season was also very complicated for Stade Brestois. Players have left the club, very few have arrived. It’s obviously difficult to get up and start again. But not impossible.
“My goal is to feel good, to settle down, to learn French so that I can communicate more easily with everyone. I want us to take enough points to stay in the top flight. It’s very important. I hope to learn as much as possible by the end of the season and to develop myself on a personal level.
“I do not know (about the long-term). I signed a three-year contract. It’s fantastic to play in Ligue 1. It’s my goal so now we have to aim even higher but we’ll see what the future holds.”
Marco Bizot doesn’t give off the impression he wants to leave Brest for Celtic
Homme du Match state that Bizot has failed to fully adapt to life with Stade Brest. And you can tell from the interview above that he’s certainly got some doubts/concerns over how things have begun. However, at the same time, it remains very early days.
He still maintains that his goal is to remain in Ligue 1 and solidify himself. He talks about staying in the league and looking to develop himself as a player and human being in France. These aren’t the comments of a player getting set to leave anytime soon.
Granted, when asked whether he could view himself with Brest for the long-term, he’s non-committal. That may lead some to believe that he is indeed eyeing up a potential January move elsewhere.
But it’s all just speculation. Saying Bizot wants to leave just because he’s struggled to adapt in the first few months is still a tremendous leap. If he really was disengaged with his work at Brest, he wouldn’t still be playing on a weekly basis.
So let’s see what happens in January, but everything truly does point towards us looking elsewhere for a new goalkeeper. It seems a touch optimistic and perhaps even premature to suggest Bizot is ready to move on so suddenly.
Brest have invested in him and have him wrapped up for the long-term. There’s no gain for them in accepting a deal like the one mentioned above.