ODSONNE EDOUARD will stay at Celtic, insists his fellow-countryman Christopher Jullien.

The £7million French central defender is convinced the £9million striker is happy at the champions.

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown and football’s uncertain future, the transfer grapevine is as active as ever with all the “in-the-know sources” firing out rumours at the speed of light.

Inevitably, Edouard, with 28 goals before the game went into cold storage, has been the subject of a few pieces of so-called informed speculation and has been linked with Arsenal, Newcastle, Leicester City and a couple of clubs in his homeland.

While the stories fly around with reckless abandon, the 22-year-old classy frontman, who is under contract until June 2022, has not made a solitary comment.

However, Jullien has spoken up for his colleague and is adamant the former Paris Saint-Germain prospect is more than content at Parkhead and has no plans to leave.

The towering centre-half, speaking to the Sunday Mail, said: “Odsonne is a good player and one day he will have a lot of clubs interested in him.

“But he’s in a really good place right now with Celtic. He’s done some unbelievable stuff and I really hope that he’ll stay here.

“I enjoy playing with him and I want him to stay for as long as he can. That would be incredible for everyone at Celtic.

“It’s so difficult just now with this situation. People speak about transfers, but who knows when football will be back?

“After that, all the other stuff can happen. But don’t worry, I’m sure Odsonne is happy where he is.

“I’m sure he will stay. He is silent, he hides what he is feeling and he’s someone who controls his emotions.

“But he’s a really good guy, trust me. He is quite happy at Celtic.”

Edouard has become a talisman for the Hoops this season and, naturally enough, has attracted attention from envious possible suitors.

Celtic can’t stop other teams from looking at their players or some folk making noises, but, fortunately, the flamboyant Frenchman has been satisfied to do his talking where it matters most – on the football pitch.

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