“We’ll see what happens,” Matt O’Riley confirms Atletico Madrid bid, summer move likely?

Matt O’Riley has confirmed that Atletico Madrid made a £18m bid for him in the January transfer window….

Matt O’Riley of Celtic reacts during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and St. Johnstone at Celtic Park on March 16, 2024. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Danish Football Magazine Tipsbladet has spoken to the Celtic midfielder at the national team camp in Denmark and took the opportunity to get Matt O’Riley’s understanding on what happened in the January transfer window when Atletico Madrid , Celtic Champions League opponents from the group, made an offer to Celtic to take O’Riley on loan with a commitment to buy in the summer for £18m.
This was of course rejected by Celtic with the club being understood to be looking for at least £25m for the player.  Now Matt O’Riley has spoken to Tipsbladet and confirmed that he was cool with the bid coming in from one of the leading clubs in European football.

Matt O’Riley of Celtic controls the ball during the Celtic vs St Mirren Cinch Premiership match at Celtic Park on May 20, 2023 (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He also confirmed that he was never close to leaving Celtic in January as the Atletico bid was considerably lower that Celtic’s asking price and the club are also mindful of the outcome of this season, so selling a top star in January was never going to happen unless the money was right. In this instance it clearly wasn’t.

“Celtic received an offer from them (Atletico Madrid), and that was cool. I wasn’t really close to leaving because Celtic wanted more money,” Matt O’Riley said.

“I’m not upset about it. For me, it was just cool that a club like them would want me. It’s not often you receive an offer from Atletico Madrid, so of course, it’s great.”

Asked about revisiting this and a possible move in the summer , Matt’s reply was ominous. “We’ll see what happens.”

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  1. O’Riley hasn’t kicked a ball since the turn of the year—-A good young talent but his head is wasted . Brendan Rodgers should never have selected him week after week . In some games recently he has been the worst player on the field and not just the worst player in the Celtic team . We have been playing with 10 men and that’s why theRangers have stolen a march on us in the League .
    “A jersey kisser” if ever I saw one —-Get rid of him , if another decent offer is made and make sure Brendan isn’t far behind ,

    • There are some wallopers who post some dribble on here

      think i’ll start reading the daily record for some clarity

      • Celtic player talks to Danish football magazine who reported on Atletico bid for said Celtic player. That magazine has established a good relationship with The Celtic Star. They supply us with accurate Celtic content when they have it, various players we have been linked with etc. They interviewed Matt O’Riley at the Denmark camp and sent us the quotes from the player on Atletico bid which Celtic rejected. We report on this earlier today, now you want to run back to Daily Record who yesterday were telling lies about Celtic.

        Not sure what dribble is but it’s in short supply here.

  2. I’m talking about your first poster to day not your source, calling Matt a badge kisser

    and saying he’s the worst player in our team