Olivier Ntcham appears to have closed the door on a move to AEK Athens.
The midfielder was strongly linked with a move to the Greek side but after training solo he joined up with Celtic last Monday for the training camp in Wales.
With a year left on his Celtic contract Ntcham’s career is in limbo after a loan move to Marseille in January failed to work out for any of the parties involved.
Greek site Sport Time reports:
Olivier Ntcham was the big goal of AEK for the axis. The player who would make a difference midfield and with his quality would raise the level of the team.
However, the case did not turn out as the Union would have liked. The negotiations did not go well, the information that AEK had in many parts of the case was not correct and so AEK cut Ntcham, finally returned to the team and is considered normal.
However, AEK made its last effort a few days ago. In a communication that people of the Union had with the Scots, they received the message that Ntcham will stay in Glasgow, as he has a quality that Celtic cannot find elsewhere for its axis and they want to keep him.
Midfield is an area that Celtic aren’t short of options in. Callum McGregor and David Turnbull seem like automatic picks with Ryan Christie and Tom Rogic around with prospects like Ewan Henderson, Kerr McInroy, Liam Shaw, Scott Robertson and Luca Connell competing for an opportunity.
After limited playing time at Marseille Ntcham has the friendlies against Bristol City and Preston North End to get into contention for the Champions League qualifier against Midtjylland.