The latest promising comments from Jota on Celtic move as new transfer report emerges

By John McGinley

November 6, 2021

Benfica attacker Jota, on loan at Celtic, is refusing to commit one way or the other with regards to his long-term future but it certainly sounds like he is happy in Glasgow.

Celtic have an option to buy the Portuguese talent. And that’s what many supporters want to see following his blistering start at the club.

Jota has scored four goals and assisted five more in 14 appearances, with the latest coming on Thursday night away to Ferencvaros in the UEFA Europa League.

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Both Ange Postecoglou and Jota have been consistent in their message about a permanent move, refusing to talk about the future.

However, you’d have to be cynical not to see how much the 22-year-old is enjoying life in Glasgow under his new manager with his latest comments. Both parties seem ready to do business eventually.

Speaking to The Glasgow Times, he said: “I never think about the future. I only think about the present. All I am thinking about is a nice result in Europe and now it’s on to the next one.

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“I just want to enjoy it as the past few years have been difficult. I am in a good moment and I’m enjoying my football. The team is doing good and we are building something really good for the future. I’m delighted to be here.

“The move has been good for me. I am learning a lot from a coach who has some really good ideas. I enjoy the way he sees football. I’m in the right place at the right time.

“It’s been difficult in the past but it’s like that in football at the top level. It helps build character. I have to use what’s happened in the past to be better in the future. It’s about evolution.”

The comments come as outlets in his homeland suggest Celtic are ready to activate the buy clause in his loan early, despite having until the end of the season to make a move.

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It’s thought that he could be available for around £6.5m. That’s not an unsubstantial fee for Celtic, but given his early form, there’s an argument he’d be worth every penny.

Ultimately I think the Bhoys will likely wait a bit longer on the Jota issue. If he is still showing consistency in January then, after some big matches, then it really could be time to push the button on his signing. And it sounds like he’d be happy to spend more time at Celtic.

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