One of Moussa Dembele’s first coaches in football has revealed that he always knew that the player would be a star.
Dembele returns to France tonight with Celtic as the Hoops face his former club PSG in their penultimate Champions League group stage game.
The coach of PSG’s under-17 side in 2011-12, Laurent Bonadei, has been talking to FranceFootball about when he worked with the player.
“He was able to score in all positions, and with every technique: right foot, left foot, head, force, placed, stung ball…he was very complete and already scored a lot: 24 goals in the Championship in 22 matches in 2011/2012.”
He continued: “He never doubted himself, he always wanted to go forward, he never let anything go, he’s a boy who did everything he could to get where he is.”
Dembele has had a meteoric rise through the ranks since signing for Celtic for a reported £500,000 in 2015.
His first season was curtailed by injury, but the player still managed to score 32 goals in 49 games, including three in the Champions League.
This season Dembele has been hindered by injury, but he has recently returned to form, and turned in a fine display against Bayern Munich in the Champions League at Celtic Park last month.
Dembele and Celtic’s busy schedule continues at the weekend, with the Hoops taking on Motherwell in the Betfred Cup Final.
In other Celtic team news, Craig Gordon has admitted that Celtic face a huge task to get a result against PSG