Celtic have held “positive” discussions with the agents of Reo Hatate in recent weeks over a new contract, according to the Scottish Daily Mail‘s Stephen McGowan.
The same journalist reported last month that the 25-year-old had delayed negotiations over an extension, prompting speculation about his future.
However, it now appears that the Hoops are close to agreeing a new deal with Hatate, which will be a major boost for manager Brendan Rodgers.
The midfielder’s representatives are set to receive an official proposal from the Scottish champions in the next few days.
If everything goes to plan, McGowan says Celtic’s “star asset” should commit his long-term future to the club, putting an end to any rumours about a potential transfer.
Premier League teams have been linked with Hatate
Both Brighton and Tottenham have been credited with an interest in the Japanese international over the past few months.
However, neither club made a concerted effort to sign Hatate during the summer transfer window.
The change in manager did raise doubts about the Celtic star’s future
The appointment of Rodgers did lead to some questions being asked about Hatate’s role in the first team squad.
At the start of the season, it did look like the new Celtic boss was favouring both David Turnbull and Matt O’Riley ahead of Hatate in midfield.
The midfielder didn’t start the first 2 games against Ross County and Aberdeen before a calf injury led him to miss 3 fixtures before the international break.
Hatate did return to the starting lineup for the 3-0 win over Livingston last weekend. He scored the opening goal from the penalty spot before being substituted on the hour mark. It looks as if the Japanese star has regained his position in the team, and a new contract is seemingly now on the horizon too.