By Dominic Toner

Celtic have managed to fend off Espanyol’s bid to sign midfielder Nir Bitton, according to a report.

The Daily Record claim the Spanish club have dropped their interest in Bitton after they were put off with the £10million valuation from Celtic.

The player’s agent Dudu Dahan had reportedly met with the new manager Brendan Rodgers and was told the midfielder is in the plans for the upcoming season.

In the wake of Rodger’s appointment, Bitton has expressed his desire to prove himself to the new manager rather than leave the club.

The 24-year-old defensive midfielder has been with the Scottish giants since 2013 and has featured in over 100 games in all competitions since then, earning himself Scottish Premiership medals in that time.

The Israeli international has been a regular in his national side since breaking through the youth levels.

Rodgers has already been busy in the transfer window signing attacking pair Moussa Dembele and PJ Crossan in this window and is now being linked with a move for Blackburn defender Shane Duffy.

With Bitton seemingly likely to remain with the Celtic, his attention will now turn to the defence of their Scottish Premiership crown.

In other Celtic transfer news, Aston Villa have rejected a second attempt to reunite player and manager.