‘Door Hasn’t Been Closed’ – Report Claims Celtic Wonderkid Could Still Stay Despite 3 Clubs Making Offers

Celtic attacking midfielder Rocco Vata could still extend his contract with the Scottish champions, according to the Daily Record.

The newspaper claims that the “door hasn’t been closed” on the teenager staying at Parkhead beyond the end of the season when his current deal expires.

Three Italian clubs: Bologna, Sampdoria and Como have all made offers to Vata so far and it is possible that others will make their own proposals in the coming weeks.

For now, it seems that the player has not made a definitive decision on his future, giving the Hoops some hope that he may still stay in Glasgow.

Vata is a player in high-demand

Arsenal and Manchester City have scouted the Republic of Ireland Under 21 international, while the likes of Frosinone, Monaco, Roma, Juventus, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Torino and Lazio have also been credited with an interest.

Vata was even the subject of a bid from Nottingham Forest last summer, although Celtic rejected the offer at the time as they still had hopes of keeping the youngster.

Why are Celtic not doing more to keep Vata?

A large number of supporters have expressed frustrations with the apparent lack of urgency to tie down the 18-year-old to a new contract.

However, it may well be the player and his agent who are holding back on signing an extension with the Hoops. Vata has not featured in a matchday squad this season, despite impressing for the B team in the Lowland League. He has scored 13 goals in 16 appearances domestically, whilst also featuring in all six UEFA Youth League group fixtures.

The absence of a pathway to the first team may have led to the midfielder contemplating a move. It is now very much a waiting game to find out whether he sees his future at Celtic.

David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.