SWISS whizzkid Saidy Janko insists he has joined Celtic to become a Champions League star.

The 19-year-old right-sided performer agreed a four-year contract this week with Manchester United picking up a transfer fee of  around £700,000 for the player who was signed by David Moyes from FC Zurich two years ago.
Janko could have remained at Old Trafford, but the versatile right-back wanted to prove himself at Europe’s top table with the Scottish champions.

The new Bhoy said: “I just want to play football. Manchester United is a great club, but a lot of players are afraid to leave because it’s Manchester United.

“I just wanted to play and to make the fans happy with my football. If I could play in the Champions League then that would be great. That is the main reason I am here.

“I’m happy to show what I can do in training. When I spoke to the manager he told me to give everything every day and I will get there.

“I can rise to the challenge. There is competition everywhere and with competition you push your team-mates and everyone gets better.

“I played more as a winger than a right-back in the last two seasons, in truth, and I have played on the left as well – left-back or left-winger.”

Janko, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Neil Lennon’s Bolton, had options when he left United, but once he spoke to Ronny Deila his mind was made up.

He said: “It was quite clear when I met the manager at Celtic that I wanted to come here.

“The manager made it clear what he expects from me and when I saw the ground I wanted to sign. I was sure about things from the start.”

Janko only managed one appearance in his two years at Old Trafford, but his time on Manchester was hugely beneficial for him.

He worked with some famous names who went out of their way to help him progress as a player.

Janko said: “It is special to get advice from Ryan Giggs. We are different kind of players. He knew I was not the same as him so he told me what I should do.

“He always spoke with the young players when we first got involved.

“Darren Fletcher was very good with the young players. I didn’t speak to him about this move, but we always had a laugh.

“If he saw I didn’t do something right he would always try to coach me, tried to help me, and I appreciated that. He was one of those guys who when anyone had a problem, they would go to Fletch. He was there for you.

“He is an inspiration, even more now when you think about what he has been through. You have to respect the man.”

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