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‘NO BARGAINS AT CELTIC,’ WARNS RODGERS

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BRENDAN RODGERS has sent a warning to envious English clubs who are looking at his players: “There will be no bargains at Celtic!”

The champions have brought in £13million for centre-half Virgil van Dijk, £10million for goalkeeper Fraser Forester and £12.5million for midfielder Victor Wanyama – all sold to Southampton in recent seasons.

But the Irishman has no intention of being tempted by these sort of fees.

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Classy Dutchman Van Dijk is now being pursued by Manchester City and Chelsea for £50million only 18 months after he left Parkhead.

Now Rodgers believes Celtic should be selling their best players direct to England’s big guns for huge fees, cutting out middle-men such as Southampton.

Moussa Dembele has been talked about in the region of £20 to £30million mark, but Rodgers insisted: “The team that comes in for Moussa isn’t buying the Scottish league. They’re buying the player.

“I hear people talk about players going from certain countries, but the club isn’ t buying the country.

“So, the value is about the player, it doesn’t matter what league he’s in.

“If a club wants to cash in on a player because they are struggling and need the money — and the player could go cheaper than the value actually is — then fine.

“Listen, there comes a point where, through no fault of the club, there’s a natural evolution where the player moves on.

“Morally, it’s very difficult also to stop that.

“Even if a club offered what we thought was he is worth, we don’t need to do it.

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“But we’re not anywhere near that point. The player is very happy and I see him working and I see him developing.

“Moussa is looking forward now to this next six months where it’s about becoming better.”

The French Under-21 striker – with 19 goals in this campaign – remains calm about the prospect of spending at least another six months with Celtic and Rodgers added: “Moussa is a boy with an incredible belief in his ability, but he backs it up.

“What I love about him as a 20-year-old boy is that he lives and breathes football.

“He doesn’t waste his time doing stupid things. He prepares well and comes into training as the most laid-back guy in the world.

“But when he trains, he trains — and when he works, he works. And when you ask him about a game on TV, he watched it.

“He hasn’t been on an Xbox or out doing something.

“Moussa loves football. It’s his life and that’s why I think when he leaves Celtic he’ll go on to a big stage.

“Just, hopefully, not for a wee bit of time yet.”

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