CHRISTOPHER JULLIEN has urged Odsonne Edouard to remain at “one of the best clubs in Europe”.
The towering defender, who arrived in a £7million switch from Toulouse last summer, is eager for his fellow-Frenchman to stay at Parkhead and block out all the transfer speculation that has followed him around for months.
Edouard, 22, took the spotlight at the Hoops with his 28 goals as he led Neil Lennon’s side to their record-equalling ninth successive title.
He cost a club record £9million when he was signed from Paris Saint-Germain in June 2018 after an impressive season-long loan.
Jullien, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “I speak with Odsonne a lot. We are friends. I know how good Celtic is for him and how happy he is right now.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen, but, personally, I think he is at one of the best clubs in Europe.
“We will see what happens, but I hope everything is going to be fine for next season.
“Odsonne has been huge for us. He’s scored so many goals but he gives more than that to the team.
“His all-round game is fantastic. He holds the ball in for us, he controls the tempo and gives us so much with his dribbling and skills. We are so happy to have him.”
Jullien added: “The French players have done well at Celtic and having some already here when I arrived made me more comfortable.
“Odsonne and Olivier Ntcham were there and others like Boli Bolingoli spoke the language, too.
“It helped me settle at the start, but the staff at the club made me so comfortable, too, along with the Scottish boys. Even some of them try to speak French at times!
“But, as team-mates, they make you very comfortable and that’s a big thing at Celtic.”