Brendan Rodgers has admitted he is concerned about Moussa Dembele as the player is continuously linked with top clubs.
The Celtic manager feels that the constant speculation will be damaging to the player and revealed that he has been linked with “about 16 clubs”.
However, Rodgers also affirmed that the player would only be sold for “market value” and that although a number of enquiries have been made for the player from top clubs, Celtic have received no official bids.
Talking in the Scottish Sun Rodgers also admitted that he was concerned that the speculation could affect his form, with the player struggling to hit the heights of last season.
“Speculation can be very unhelpful for a young player. If you are an experienced player you get used to it,” Rodgers said.
“But if you’ve been linked with so many clubs over a period of time, then it surely can be unsettling. It’s not something that ends up being good for a player.
“There has been a lot of noise around Moussa for 18 months now — but let’s be clear, we’ve not had one bid. He’s been linked with about 16 clubs, but the bottom line is you have to play football.”
Football Insider verdict:
Moussa Dembele has struggled for form this season – he’s certainly not the consistent force that he was last campaign. He’s only scored four goals in 13 games in the Premiership and it appears that his Celtic voyage could be coming to an end. Rodgers has always been consistent in his views on Dembele and strong in the assertion that he will only sell on his terms. That will most likely be in the summer although you can’t rule out a January move if a bid from a top club comes through. Rodgers is right that he needs to play though – his stock is already falling and if he wants a move to a top club he needs to find his scoring boots again.
In other Celtic news, Rodgers has revealed his January transfer plans and has admiited new faces are needed.