Exclusive: Danny Mills suggests Edouard may have Celtic release clause

Danny Mills has suggested Odsonne Edouard will want a release clause in his contract if he is to sign a new deal with Celtic this summer.

The former Leeds and Manchester City full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted the “last thing” the Hoops want to do is to los a player of his quality in a volatile transfer market.

Neil Lennon revealed that the club are very keen for the French striker to sign a contract extension and discussions have begun with his representatives.

Edouard still has two years remaining on his current deal having signed a four-year deal in when he joined on from Paris Saint-Germain in 2018.

His 27 goals in 45 appearances helped the Bhoys to the Scottish League Cup and a ninth consecutive league title after the season was curtailed.

When asked by Football Insider how important it was to tie the league’s top goalscorer down to a new deal, Mills said: “The last thing Celtic want at this difficult time is to lose a player like that.

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“Replacing him will be harder than ever. It will be very difficult.

“I can see there being a release clause in the contract but I can see release clauses being mandatory in football very soon.

“If I was Edouard and somebody bid £20million for me I would want to able to go and if not I would want my wages to be increased by X. If your value is rising as a player then you have done better and should be rewarded for that.”

Football Insider revealed in March that Edouard wanted a low release clause in his contract if he was to sign a new deal.

Neil Lennon, as quoted by Sky Sports, said: “There are discussions at the minute with his representatives.

In other Celtic news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider senior star could be heading for Parkhead exit after report claims contract offer has been tabled.