Timothy Castagne has again played down the prospects of a move to Celtic.
The right-back was strongly linked with a move to the SPFL champions at the start of the January transfer window but there seemed little encouragement coming from the Atalanta defender.
With Mikael Lustig and Cristian Gamboa both out of contract in the summer right-back has been identified as a position that Celtic need to strengthen going into next season’s European qualifiers.
On transfer deadline day Celtic came up with a loan deal for Jeremy Toljan of Borussia Dortmund that ends in May as the search resumes for a right-back.
Castagne has now become a regular in the Atalanta defence and showed little enthusiasm for a transfer when he spoke to Gazetta dello Sporto under the headline “Celtic tried but I want to grow here”
“Before the market I played very little, I admit that some evaluation was made, but how could I have left that way?” It was worth staying for two years in Belgium. buy me, but this is the best moment of my career and I want to stay here If you play the confidence, it’s natural, it’s a short standings We have to keep an eye on who’s behind it Anyway, Europe or Champions, now it’s useless We would just like to go back to Europe The National team’s first training sessions have shown me that I can stay in. My goal is to convene the 2020 European Championship.”
Castagne is in his second season with Atalanta after establishing himself at Genk.
According to Soccerway he has made 10 first team appearances this season and is rated in the £6-8m price range.