Celtic midfielder Matt O’Riley has confirmed that he has been the subject of inquiries from a number of teams this summer.
It was reported earlier this week that the likes of Leicester and Newcastle were seriously interested in making an offer for the 21-year-old, while Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal have also been keeping tabs on his progress. However, O’Riley says that, while he is flattered that clubs are watching him, he is not angling for a move away from Celtic Park:
“Yes, there are some clubs who have inquired about me. I can’t say which clubs, though. But while it’s great to know there’s a lot of interest in me, I’ve only got one thing on my mind and that’s to do well for Celtic. I have no plans to leave Celtic, so if nothing happens, nothing happens, and that’s fine. I’m really happy to be at the club where we’re also going to play the Champions League, which I’m really looking forward to. It’s huge. I am aware and have heard about the interest from some of the big clubs, but I must admit that it is not something that I think about so much.”
At the moment, it is not believed that the Hoops have received any official bids from English Premier League clubs but that could still change before the transfer window shuts on Thursday.
Despite being signed from MK Dons for only £1.5m in January, Celtic are expected to hold out for between £15m to £20m if a team does make a formal approach for the Denmark Under 21 international in the coming days.