Celtic manager Neil Lennon has reiterated that he wants to keep Odsonne Edouard at the club beyond this season.
The 22-year-old Frenchman has been in red hot form this season and he has been linked with moves to the Premier League.
Lennon has revealed that the club would like to sit down and discuss his future with the player. However, the scenario has changed because of the current cash crisis.
He said (quoted by Daily Record): Ideally we’d like to sit down with him [Edouard]. The landscape has changed from where we were a month ago to now. There’s no doubt about that. It’s uncertain. Ideally you would like to keep your prized assets for at least another year anyway. If the market galvanises itself again, you could look at it then. There’s no question there’s going to be interest in him, but, ideally, we’d like to tie him down to another year on top of what he has already and keep him here.”
Clubs are losing money because of the Coronavirus pandemic and it will be interesting to see how that affects the summer transfer window.
Edouard is the best player at the club right now and Celtic will find it hard to replace him if he moves on. The youngster has shown that he has the potential to be a top-class player.
He might be tempted to take on a bigger challenge at this stage of his career. He has nothing left to prove in the Scottish League anymore. A Premier League move would give him the platform he needs to progress as a player.
If the right offer comes in, Celtic will struggle to hold on to their prized asset. They were forced to sell the likes of Dembele and Tierney in the past and they will face a similar problem with Edouard as well.