By Russell Edge
France legend Zinedine Zidane has said that Celtic is the “perfect club” for Olivier Ntcham following his move from Manchester City.
The 21-year-old midfielder joined up with Brendan Rodgers’ side earlier this month, arriving in Glasgow in a £4million move, signing a contract which will see him stay until 2021.
He had never made a senior appearance for Manchester City during his five years at the club, but he did have first team experience thanks to a two year loan spell at Genoa.
The French youngster will be hoping to establish himself as a star in the Hoops’ midfield, with the likes of Scott Brown and Nir Bitton present for competition.
However, Zidane, who currently manages Real Madrid. believes that constant action for Celtic, both in the Scottish Premiership and the Champions League, will only help the new arrival’s development and form him into the top player Rodgers will be hoping for.
He also noted the impressive form of Ntcham’s team mate for both club and country Moussa Dembele, and insisted that the midfielder would be looking to follow in his footsteps.
Zidane told the Daily Record: “Celtic is the perfect club for him to mature and grow as a player – I am sure he looked at the season Dembele had and that is something he wants to replicate.
“The most important thing for a player of that age is to be playing regularly – and if you can be playing regularly for a club that is in the Champions League, then that is even better.”
Ntcham has already made his competitive debut for the club, taking his place in the starting XI against Linfield in their Champions League qualifier to pick up 66 minutes of action, as well as notching up his first assist.
The club’s next tie sees them take on Rosenborg at Celtic Park on Wednesday, as they look to continue their journey to reach the group stages of Europe’s premier competition.