Celtic target Mitchel Bakker has reaffirmed his intent to stay at Paris Saint-Germain this season in an interview with France Football this weekend.
The outlet asked: “You have been approached by several clubs this summer, including Celtic FC. Have you thought about leaving?”
Bakker would reply: “I read that in the media, it’s true. But not at all, I want to stay here. I am very happy at Paris Saint-Germain.”
It was reported by Sky Sports earlier this month that Celtic had a loan offer rejected by the French giants.
The Daily Record followed that up with a report stating the Scottish champions intended to lodge a second offer, with PSG still open to a potential deal.
However, Bakker’s situation has changed in Paris over the last couple of weeks and it’s no surprise to hear he has eyes on a regular starting spot in Ligue 1.
Juan Bernat has suffered a horror knee injury, meaning the Dutch youth international will only be competing with Layvin Kurzawa in the left-back position this season.
Kurzawa has also been handed a six-game ban for his role in a recent on the pitch brawl between PSG and Marseille.
Bakker told France Football: “Yes, with the injury of Juan and the suspension of Layvin after his red card, it’s an opportunity for me to play with the team, to seize this opportunity. I hope I play as much as possible and give all I can.”
The Dutchman would have been an exciting solution to our left-wing problem at the moment.
He possesses the athleticism and skill to be an effective presence in both defence and attack in the Scottish Premiership.
Unfortunately, through no fault of Celtic, this one hasn’t quite panned out this summer and it seems certain we’ll be moving on to other targets before October 5th.