Jota pushing for Celtic return with regrets over £25m Saudi move

Former Celtic winger Jota is pushing for a return to the Scottish Champions. The 24-year-old has regrets over making the switch in the summer for Al Ittihad. Incoming boss Marcelo Gallardo will look to put his own stamp on the team and that may include moving on the Portuguese attacker.

As reported by So3ody Sports, a Saudi outlet via Record Sport, Jota regrets making the move – which was purely financial. The move quickly soured when he was not included in their squad list, limiting him to ACL and Domestic Cup squads only.

Al Ittihad likely don’t see much to lose from cutting a player that they’ve only recently spent tens of millions of pounds on. The Jeddah club will likely look to free up a space for another name from Europe that garners more fanfare – like Fabinho, Kante and Benzema.

For Jota, though, he’s in no-man’s land. He left Celtic for a lucrative proposal but no one will be able or willing to match those wages in Europe. Celtic could be a route back to football but it seems far fetched. Brendan Rodgers has already said that he wants the club to bring in quality and Jota would certainly be in that category.

In 83 appearances for Celtic, Jota has scored 28 goals and assisted 26 times. The Celtic supporters adore the Portuguese star and if there was a chance at a return then we’d happily welcome this. Ange Postecoglou and Spurs have also been linked as being interested and you would have to imagine that there would be a few clubs interested in bringing him in from the cold.

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Born just as Celtic were stopping the Ten, Lubo98 follows Celtic home and away and helps run his local Celtic Supporters Club. He goes to all the games and is a Law Graduate. Has a particular fondness for Tom Rogic among the current Celts and both Lubo and Henrik form his earliest Celtic memories.


    • Harsh, there is clearly speculation. Would be nice if it turns out to be true. The only time we print anything is with our books.

      • The DR article clearly states that Jota is looking for a return to Europe, not Celtic, unfortunately .. so tbh the article above is completely wrong.

        • Yes that’s how I read it too, I queried that with young Lubo, probably a bit os wishful thinking on his part. Maybe he’ll turn out to be right, who knows? There have been so many Jota stories in the media, I tend to pay very little attention to them. Apologies if the article is misleading, suppose we can’t get it right all of the time.