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Karamoko Dembele makes decision over Celtic future

Ross Jackson
Jan 26, 2021, 5:45 PM GMT
Karamoko Dembele looks set to depart Celtic Park
Karamoko Dembele looks set to depart Celtic Park | Ian MacNicol/Getty Images
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The future of Karamoko Dembele has been the source of speculation for many months, with Celtic desperately trying to tie the talented teenager down to a long-term deal.

The 17-year-old's current contract at Celtic Park is set to expire this summer and news of his availability has alerted the interest of some of Europe's biggest clubs, with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Chelsea all previously keeping tabs on the youngster.

Celtic youngster Karamoko Dembele appears to be heading out of the club
Celtic youngster Karamoko Dembele appears to be heading out of the club | Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

The latest sides said to be monitoring Dembele's performances are Ligue 1 outfits Lille and Nantes, and with the clock ticking on Celtic's chances of tying him down, the Hoops have been dealt a major blow following the news he looks set to move abroad.

Ex-Celtic defender Mark Wilson has claimed on The Celtic Huddle podcast that Dembele has his heart set on a move away from Scotland once his deal expires in the summer, though his destination remains unclear.

Having first been integrated into the first team by former boss Brendan Rodgers, the England Under-17 starlet has gone onto make just five senior appearances for the club, with the postponement of youth and lower level football due to the coronavirus pandemic seeing his chances of regular game time hampered.

Many Celtic fans have been crying out for boss Neil Lennon to afford the 17-year-old a chance in the first team, but it seems Dembele's patience has finally ran out and he looks set to leave Celtic Park this summer.

Karamoko Dembele won't be a Celtic player beyond this summer
Karamoko Dembele won't be a Celtic player beyond this summer | Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

The winger first grabbed the headlines back in 2016 when he made his debut for the Under-20 side at the age of just 13, and the news that he looks set to leave the club on a free transfer will come as a bitter blow to Lennon in what has been a truly abject season for the Hoops.

Not only does their dream of ten successive Scottish Premiership titles already look to be well and truly scuppered, city rivals Rangers' fine form has made it a campaign to forget for the Scottish champions.

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