Ex-international captain advises Celtic midfielder to not sign new deal just yet
Former Australia captain Paul Wade has advised Celtic midfieldder Tom Rogic not to sign a new deal with the Hoops until after the summer’s World Cup Finals in Russia.
Wade believes that Rogic will earn a lot of money in the summer if he is able to perform to the level he is capable of at the prestigious tournament, in the form of a new deal with the Hoops or a move to a new club.
“Tom changes his mind so quickly and fluently that he can make anybody believe anything and with one touch he can completely change the picture,” Wade said, as quoted by the Syndey Morning Herald.
“I don’t have a problem with any player thinking to themselves ‘you know what I’m going to put in and deliver here so that I can get a new deal or go to a new club’.
“Whatever it takes to perform at your best, go with it. As long as you keep the team in mind because the team is the priority, but everything else just go for it I say.”
The 25-year-old will only have a year left on his current contract at the end of the season, and as yet the Hoops and the player’s representatives have not yet agreed a new deal for Rogic.
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The World Game claimed in February that Rogic had tuned down a new deal with the Hoops, and there has been no further news since then.
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The situation Wade describes is the sort of thing that the Hoops don’t want to happen under any circumstances. Brendan Rodgers and the board at Parkhead will want a new deal secured for the player before he goes to the World Cup, as it eliminates the chances of the midfield maestro leaving the club any time soon. However, if Rogic doesn’t sign a new deal before the end of the season, the Hoops may unfortunately have to sell the player to ensure that they get decent money for his transfer, which of course wouldn’t happen if Rogic ran his contract down.
In other Celtic news, the Hoops are looking to complete two deals soon