Celtic midfielder Matt O’Riley has admitted that he is flattered by the interest being shown in him from Leicester City.
However, even though the 21-year-old feels it is a compliment that an English Premier League club are pursuing him, he says he is more than happy if he stays with the Scottish champions:
“I’ve heard a bit about the interest from Leicester, but it’s not something I’m thinking about right now. The transfer window is quite crazy with rumours and interest, but I am aware that Leicester quite like me. Right now though, I think Celtic is a good place to be. I have good friends around me, my relationship with the coach is good, and the fans are very special. I feel that Celtic is the perfect place for me, but of course, it’s great to have interest, because it means I’m playing well. A lot has happened, yes. Maybe a little too much. I try not to think too much about the future, but of course, it’s nice for me to know that a club like Leicester is interested.”
O’Riley only joined the Hoops from MK Dons for £1.5m during the January transfer window but he has already made a big impression following his arrival in Scotland.
Whether Leicester will actually make a concerted effort to sign the Danish Under 21 international may depend on the future of Youri Tielemans.
The Belgian has less than a year left on his contract at the King Power Stadium and he has given no indication that he will sign an extension. Clubs such as Arsenal and Manchester United are said to be considering moves for the midfielder, and if the player does end up leaving, Celtic may have to brace themselves for a bid from the Foxes.