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‘I’M HAPPY IN THE HOOPS’

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MIKAEL LUSTIG aims to end his career at Celtic after agreeing a deal which will stretch his Parkhead stay to seven years.

The Swedish defender declared himself happy to be at the Hoops since his arrival from Rosenborg in 2012.

Despite revealing he did consider other options as he mulled over the two-year extension – and could have made more money elsewhere – the 30-year-old revealed he struggled to see a better place to perform.

Lustig admitted: “I can understand why some people say it’s a stepping stone – before you come here and you don’t know what Celtic is all about then it’s easy to say that you want to stay for one or two seasons then go to the Premier League.

“In my opinion, Celtic is a massive club and it’s really hard to get that somewhere else.

“The money is obviously better down south, but it’s hard to find many clubs in England that are bigger than Celtic.

“I don’t think I am going to play for a bigger club, but as long as you love to play for the club you should stay here.

“I am still just 30, so I have a few years left. You never how your body is going to react, but the last two seasons have been good, so, hopefully, I am going to have the chance to sign another contract.

“I’m just pleased to get this new deal over the line. I’ve been here five years already, so this almost feels like home now.

“My family like it here and everything is going well, not just on the football side, but in normal life, as well.”
The 55-times capped versatile Swede added: “It feels really good to stay for longer.”
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