Kristoffer Ajer talks up Celtic experience in first interview with Brentford

By Euan Davidson

July 23, 2021

Kristoffer Ajer has talked up his time at Celtic, claiming he’s leaving with a “smile on [his] face”.

The Norwegian international left the Bhoys officially on Thursday, with the Bhoys reportedly receiving £13.5m [Daily Mail].

It ends what could’ve been a long-running saga, with Ajer receiving interest from Bayer Leverkusen, Newcastle United and Norwich City. And while the defender wanted to move on, he doesn’t do so with any regrets or ill-feeling.

Ajer told Brentford FC:

“The way you come into the [Celtic] team, you have to win every single game. The expectations are sky-high. The whole city is so intense about football, and it’s just a fantastic experience for a young player.

“I’ve got so many great memories from Celtic, and I leave Celtic with a smile on my face because it’s been a fantastic journey.

“I got signed as an offensive midfielder. I was 82 kilos when I signed, I’m now 94 kilos and a centre-half. First six months I didn’t play a second, I went out on loan to Kilmarnock. I really got experience of playing senior football there, playing as a centre-half.”

“I’m so grateful for everything Celtic have done for me. They’ve been a huge part of my development and I’m so thankful for everything they’ve done.”

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Ajer, now a Premier League player, spoke excitedly about his new status in football.

While most recently-promoted clubs are favourites for relegation, Brentford have recruited well. They have the goals of Ivan Toney, and have brought in Ajer from Celtic, and Frank Onyeka from FC Midtjylland [Sky Sports].

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Ajer said [Brentford FC]:

“It’s fantastic, it’s something I dreamt about since I started playing football. So, to finally be able to play in the Premier League and represent such a fantastic club like Brentford is a huge honour for me.”

It’ll be weird to see Kristoffer Ajer in different colours, for sure. But supporters will be able to quickly get over it, with new centre-back Carl Starfelt through the door.

There’s also hope of Celtic landing one or two more defenders. Ko Itakura and Cameron Carter-Vickers are still reported Bhoys targets.

In truth, Ajer’s move was the best thing for both parties. Celtic get a sizeable fee for a player in the last year of his deal, and Ajer gets the Premier League football he wanted.

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