Johansen can pick up £1 million-per-year at the Turkish giants if the clubs reach agreement on a transfer fee, but Galtatasaray are still well short of the reported £2million asking price.
Rodgers said: “It is speculation, but he is a player I’d like to keep for sure, if it all evolves how I want it to.
‘The club has to protect itself, also. If a player clearly doesn’t want to be at a club and had a year to go, the market will tell you that you have to sell that player.
“But, at the moment, there is nothing new to say. He’s working well and he played well. I always look at players and gauge whether they are happy and want to play for the club or not.
‘He has a smile on his face, enjoying being with the team, is working hard in training and I can see his qualities.’
The Parkhead gaffer was also pleased to finally see Efe Ambrose in action after visa issues left him stranded back in Glasgow for the first half of this pre-season tour.
“They tell me he is a wonderfully physical being and he can slot into these situations no problem. You saw that with his speed and athleticism against Olimpija. He was fine.”
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