It’s Official! Celtic statement on Dembele sale, Lyon lose to Nice

CELTIC have confirmed that the club have accepted an offer from Lyon – believed to be for just over £20million for Moussa Dembele. The official club statement is below in full and Brendan Rodgers has shown tremendous courage and management skills in handling this an protecting the club and its reputation…

CELTIC tonight can confirm that the club has accepted an offer from Lyon for the transfer of striker Moussa Dembele.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers said: “Every decision we make at Celtic will always be in the best interests of the Club and our supporters.

“It is vital to make clear that we have never promised any player that he can leave the Club at a particular time. It has never happened. In fact, we have said all along that we did not wish to sell Moussa, given the circumstances within the transfer window and that is why we rejected a significant offer yesterday.

“However, this particular decision to accept this offer has been taken in order to serve the best interests of the first-team squad, my coaching team and the culture and environment we have created in these last two seasons.

“The Board and myself are united and they have been very supportive to me on this issue.

“Our real focus now turns to Sunday’s match and beyond, working with our players here who are committed to doing all they can to ensure another successful season for the Club.

“Finally, I would like to thank Moussa for his contribution in our last two seasons and want to wish him well in his new adventure at Lyon.”

Incidentally the final score in France tonight was Lyon 0 OGC Nice 1.

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