“It’s not a bad club to stay at”: Pundit sends message to want-away Celtic star this Summer

You always wonder what goes through a player’s head when they try to force their way out of the club, and it would be interesting to know what role the agent played too.

Agents tend to make their money by moving players on, so they have to convince their client that leaving is the best thing to do.

Who knows how much influence Kristoffer Ajer’s agent has over the Norwegian defender, but the transfer speculation just won’t go away.

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Football Insider reported on the latest with his situation, as they indicate that Leicester City and AC Milan are interested in signing him.

He’s a good player who has the potential to be great, but Celtic need to look after themselves here. The club have always done a good job of cashing in at the right moment, and that will largely come down to who they can replace him with.

The report also gave the views of Alex Bruce, and clearly he thinks Ajer isn’t exactly going to be in a terrible situation if he does stay:

 “Of course, they obviously won’t want an unhappy player on their hands. Celtic will always be able to attract players, there’s no doubt about that. If he does leave, it’s about finding the right replacement.”

“Obviously with everything that’s going on, it’s going to affect people’s transfer budgets. If he has to stay at Celtic, it will be big for them because he’s done well. It’s not a bad club to stay at, is it?”

One of the main things about Ajer is he still needs to develop – he makes mistakes and looks vulnerable when matched up against a physical opponent, so he needs to keep playing.

If we look at the potential destinations – Brendan Rodgers has effectively sidelined Filip Benkovic who he apparently loved at Celtic so that should be a warning sign, while AC Milan fire through managers at an extraordinary rate.

The prospect of more money and leaving might sound attractive when his agent talks about it, but he needs to think about his long term future too.

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