'I wasn't allowed to go' – Rodgers blocked one Celtic player from PL move this summer
In a shock turn of events, Celtic keeper Dous de Vries has revealed that current Hoops boss, Brendan Rodgers, blocked a summer transfer for the 37-year-old back to the Premier League.
Speaking to the Daily Record, the shot stopper explained that Rodgers saw him as a valuable team member, amid interest from a few teams,
“I could have gone back to the Premier League, but, at that moment, I wasn’t allowed to go. Simple as,
“He [Rodgers] said he didn’t want to lose me because of my experience and the type of guy I am in the dressing room.”
It seems Rodgers harsh stance has paid off, as the Dutchman is now the Hoops starting keeper, with Craig Gordon out through injury.
However, De Vries appreciates the hard situation Rodgers is up against in a small transfer window, and respected his decision,
“If you only have a couple of weeks left in the transfer window, who are you going to get in?
“It can be tricky and I understood how he felt, you have to respect that decision. You can’t mope about it.”
It is reported that some clubs were showing interest in De Vries due to his lack of playing time at Parkhead, and the 37-year-old admits he always wanted game time,
“Yes, of course I did. In the summer, there was some interest,” the Dutchman stated when asked if he thought about leaving.
De Vries has three clean sheets in his past three games for Celtic, and is an integral piece to Celtic’s ‘triple’ plans with Gordon out for an expected 12 weeks.
The Dutchman’s next chance at some Parkhead game time comes this weekend, as Partick Thistle come to town in a Scottish Cup fifth round local rivalry matchup.
In other Celtic news, Alan Stubbs has revealled what he thinks was the Hoops biggest strength as they won their first title for ten years.
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