Report: Mitchel Bakker to be allowed to leave PSG after 2020 Celtic link

By David Walton

May 25, 2021

Mitchel Bakker won’t be considered for PSG next season and should be allowed to leave this summer, according to French outlet MaxiFoot.

Bakker was linked with a loan move to Celtic back in the summer of 2020. The Dutch under-21 international was subject of a failed loan move by the Hoops as PSG chose to keep him in Paris [Sky Sports].

When speaking about the speculation last summer, Bakker said the following as quoted by France Football:

“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.”

However, things appear to have changed. Fast forward eight months and Bakker is in a different place. Maxifoot claim that PSG must sell before they can splash the cash this summer. Bakker is named as one of the players who won’t be selected for the first-team next summer, and expect him to be allowed to leave.

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Mitchel Bakker also appears to have had enough at PSG too

Bakker appears to have had a change of heart regarding his future too. It doesn’t appear as though he’s keen to remain with the Ligue 1 runners-up after losing his place in the team over the course of the season.

The Dutchman was asked about his future last month. When speaking to Voetbal International, he didn’t sound overly committed to remaining with his current club:

“Earlier this season there was a period when I made the most minutes of everyone in the team. At a certain point, you are a kind of basic player. You have your value for the team and then suddenly you are no one at all. That eats at you.

“We’re going to have a look this summer. When will the market open? In June? There are already some clubs that have shown interest. I just want to play every week.”

PSG youngster Mitchel Bakker (Photo by Tom Flathers/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

If PSG are looking to sell permanently, that could be a problem. Given he made 40 appearances for them in total, he’ll be worth plenty. Perhaps much more than Celtic could even consider spending.

You then have the major elephant in the room regarding whether the player would want to move to Scotland. Given the exposure Bakker has had with PSG this season, he could have his pick of clubs still operating at a higher level than the Hoops.

This could be worth asking the question regardless. If PSG are willing to part with Bakker and the player’s sole goal is first-team football, there’s nothing wrong with throwing an enquiry in. If we pulled this one off, it would be absolutely sensational stuff.

In other news, John Kennedy is already being touted for a role away from Celtic next season.


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