Fabrizio Romano’s update on Celtic’s ongoing transfer talks

With just over a week until the end of Rocco Vata’s contract at Celtic there is no news whatsoever on any progress with the talks between his advisors and the club about signing a new contract.

Stuart Knight of Buckie Thistle saves from Rocco Vata of Celtic during the the Celtic v Buckie Thistle – Scottish Cup match at Celtic Park on January 21, 2024 . (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

That repeatedly has been the message that has been put forward by Rocco’s dad, the former Celtic defender Rudi Vata, who has always indicated that the preference is to remain at Celtic while keeping the door open for a move elsewhere, amid significant interest from both Italy and England.

Fabrizio Romano, the Italian journalist who gets the inside track on so many deals that are being discussed in the transfer windows, yesterday posted an update on the Rocco Vata situation.

He stated: ‘Watford have opened talks to sign Ireland U21 international forward Rocco Vata. 2005 born talent has also received new contract proposal from Celtic, no deal in place yet but talks still on.

Bologna, Como and (Nottingham) Forest already had proposals rejected for Vata.’

Celtic v Motherwell –  Rocco Vata during the Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Saturday April 22, 2023. Photo Steve Welsh

So three clubs have tried and failed to lure Vata, perhaps they will come back with improved proposals? Watford have entered the fray and Celtic talks are on going.

It’s a transfer saga that has dragged on and on and hopefully will be resolved one way of the other next week.

Incidentally Rudi Vata’s new book Football, Freedom and Paradise! is published at the end of next month. It’s a the fascinating and inspirational autobiography of a former footballer, a man who overcame state oppression to attain the most basic of human necessities – his freedom.

Born in Albania in 1969, he was raised under the oppressive communist dictatorship that ruled the country for decades. In a regime that curtailed all the basic freedoms of civilised society, Rudi determined that, ‘You do not choose to be born under a dictatorship, but you choose whether to live under it.’

Rudi devoted himself to football – the sport that would provide his road to freedom and self-determination. After playing for his country in France in 1991, he defected and sought political asylum. Thus began the adventure that would take him around the world to play the beautiful game, most notably in a successful spell at Celtic, and live as a free man.

This is not just a football story – it’s the tale of a man who fought for his freedom, and who to this day never takes that freedom for granted.

Hopefully Rocco will get his deal signed with Celtic in the next week or so but if he opts to go elsewhere then exercising his freedom to choose is something that his dad was denied at his age.  If it’s Watford or Celtic then surely he’s going to choose to stay at the club he supports?

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1 Comment

  1. Thinking that this saga regarding the contract situation of vata has dragged on long enough at this stage imo?
    We are talking about a young prospect of a player after all, trying to still learning his trade?
    Yet there seems to be an attitude coming from Vata and his advisers, that gives the impression that they believe rocco is further down the development path, than he actually is imo?
    As much as I wanted vata to stay and become a success story with ourselves, especially when there is such a fantastic opportunity and pathway available for him to do so also?
    So starting to get annoyed with the length of time this is dragging on, and maybe it’s best all round for ourselves to cut ties with him now?
    Vata isn’t the finished article of a player by any means yet, so wherever he ends up, will be the position he finds himself in.
    So presuming that vata is looking for more guaranteed game time available to himself?
    Maybe trying to fast track his career before actually learning it moreso because his advisers rate him far higher than he actually is, at present imo?
    Wouldn’t be an attitude within a younger prospect of a player, that would impress myself to much, especially when all the traits of a potential trouble making player in the making, with thinking they are actually better than they really are imo?
    I fail to see how a potential career opportunity would be on offer to vata elsewhere?
    As much as I can understand it’s a big decision for himself to be making for himself?
    Starting to think he is also becoming disrespectful towards our club in the manner that he’s starting to go about it now imo?
    Is he really now actually worth putting any more time or effort into regarding this new contract?
    Sadly as much as I had hoped it was all resolved by now?
    It’s continually dragging on for way too long for my liking, and concerned that the Kelly situation is following suit also?