BRENDAN RODGERS has explained why Moussa Dembele missed training this morning as Celtic prepared for tomorrow night’s Europa League play-off against FK Suduva at Parkhead.
The Hoops boss revealed the French striker was holding crunch talks with the club over his future.
Dembele’s absence from Lennoxtown ignited reports French duo Marseille and Lyon – as CQN reported earlier today – were poised to make their move with offers of up to £20million being mooted.
Rodgers insisted no bid has yet been received for the powerhouse frontman, although he did confirm there is “big interest” in the 22-year-old from one club.
The Irishman said the champions are in discussions with Dembele and his representatives and also added the forward would be available for the game against the Lithuanians with the first leg ending 1-1 last week.
Rodgers said: “There’s a lot going on with Moussa at the moment. Moussa and his representatives were at the club today speaking with the club.
“There is speculation around him. Moussa is not a player we want to lose. It is on-going discussions. There hasn’t been an official bid as far as I am aware but interest.
“He is available for the game, but I will speak to him later on.”