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CELTIC TARGET OPENS DOOR TO MOVE

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CELTIC target Timothy Castagne has opened the door on a summer move to Parkhead.

The Belgian international defender revealed his Italian side Atalanta refused to sell him during the January transfer window.

According to reports, the champions made another bid for the attacking right-back, who netted in a shock 3-0 win against Juventus in the Coppa Italia this week.

However, the Serie A outfit weren’t interested in selling and the player will remain until at least the summer.

Castagne, though, made it clear he could be agreeable to a possible move to Parkhead in the future.

The back-four operator, who was watched by Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers when made his Belgian debut in the 4-0 friendly win over Alex McLeish’s Scotland at Hampden last year, said: “Atalanta do not want to let me go and I do not want to leave.

“The club has also activated an option in my contract, so I am here until 2021.

“But let’s see what happens in the summer. I certainly won’t be ruling out a departure from Atalanta then.

“If I do go, it would have to be a team that plays in the Champions League and for a club that goes every year for the title.

“If Atalanta have the same goals and get to play European football, then maybe I will stay here.”

Rodgers, of course, landed Borussia Dortmund right-back Jeremy Toljan on loan until the end of the season when both Mikael Lustig and Cristian Gamboa will come out of contract.

Castagne will almost certainly come back on the Celtic radar.

 
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