By Alex Taylor
New Celtic forward Moussa Dembele has said that he wants to become the best striker in the world with the Hoops.
The 19-year-old joined the Bhoys on a free transfer on Tuesday after spending three years at Craven Cottage and has signed at four-year contract at his new club.
Fulham received just £250,000 in compensation fees due to FIFA rules about out-of-contract players aged under 24 moving abroad as opposed to staying in England.
Dembele bagged 17 goals and provided seven assists in all competitions this season as Fulham finished 20th in the Championship.
‘I want to become one of the best strikers, or the best striker, in the world,’ the teenager told the Daily Mail. “I think that is possible and working with someone like Brendan Rodgers will help me a lot, the key is to work hard.”
Dembele’s former Fulham manager Kit Symons has compared the France Under-20 striker to Romelu Lukaku but the player himself says he models his game on Brazil all-time great Ronaldo.
“I model myself on Ronaldo, the Brazilian one,” Dembele told the Mail. “As a striker he had everything. He could score goals, he could dribble, he could pass — he had everything.”
Dembele flew to Slovenia after Wednesday’s Glasgow unveiling to join up with his new team-mates as they prepare the start their pre-season training ahead of the Scottish Premier League 2016/17 season.