By Abigail Withey 

Ligue 1 side Marseille have spoken out about their interest in Celtic striker Moussa Dembele and has praised the forward for his talents.

The 21-year-old had a stunning debut season at Parkhead after joining on a free transfer from Fulham last summer.

Dembele helped drive the Hoops towards the domestic treble trophies and impressed after he netted a staggering 32 goals and provided nine assists throughout his 49 appearances across all competitions for the club.

The France Under 21 international has previously been linked with the French club throughout the transfer window which has led to the Marseille president’s comments.

Back in July Sky Sports reported that Celtic and Marseille were in talks over a move for the goal-machine, and claimed that Brendan Rodgers’ side wanted in the region of £20 million for the star.

The Euro giants’ president, Jacques-Henri Eyraud praised the young goal-scorer and revealed that the club were on the look out for a striker.

“Moussa Dembele is a young player with power and speed and he is interesting,” told Eyraud, as quoted by the Sun

“It’s no secret that we are actively looking for a striker.

“It’s a difficult area to get players.”

Eyraud said that Dembele’s name was of interest, but the president was reluctant to step on the toes of the manager Rudi Garcia.

“I try to avoid talking for the manager or the Sporting Director when it comes to players, but I have obviously have my own ideas.

“All I can say is that he is an interesting name.”

Dembele is currently out injured with a hamstring problem which he picked up in July and has missed a total of 10 Celtic games including all of the club’s Premiership and League Cup matches so far this season.

The forward is expected to return from injury in September.

In other Celtic news, Barcelona legend Xavi has made a bold claim about the Bhoys’ chances of European success.

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