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PUKKI JOINS BRONDBY

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FINNISH flop Teemu Pukki has quit Celtic to seal a three-year deal with Brondby, as revealed on CQN Magazine’s Facebook page last night.
The striker joined the Danish side on a season-long loan last summer and scored nine goals to help the club finish third in the Superliga.
The 25-year-old has now agreed a contract that will keep him at Brondby until 2018 after finishing the season as their top scorer.

Pukki joined the Hoops in August 2013 for £3million from Bundesliga outfit Schalke 04. The frontman signed a four-year deal and got off to a sensational start when he netted only minutes into his Parkhead career when he came on as a sub and scored against Hearts at Tynecastle.

He also netted on his home baptism against St Johnstone shortly afterwards. Pukki claimed seven goals in his opening season in Glasgow. He made 32 appearances, mainly as a substitute.
Ronny Deila gave him the opportunity to impress at the start of last term and he claimed a double in the 4-0 win over KR Reykjavik at Murrayfield in the Champions League qualifiers.
However, he struggled to maintain that striking touch and, after a poor performance in the 1-0 defeat against Inverness Caley Thistle in August, Deila shipped him out to Brondby for the remainder of the campaign.
The frontman made 37 appearances in total for the Hoops, scoring nine goals. The transfer fee was not disclosed, but Celtic originally asked for £1million for the player.
Brondby sporting director Per Rud said: “We have in the past season been very satisfied with Teemu, who from day one was a clear reinforcement of the team.
“In addition, to his important goals, he has been very valuable in big games where he constantly stresses the opposing defence.
“There is no doubt that he is a very talented footballer with great potential and we are very pleased to have secured him on a long-term contract.
“We expect Teemu can lift his level even more in the near future here at the club.
“One should remember that last season was the first time Teemu played so many games in a row. When at big clubs, he has not received as much continuous playing time.
“Therefore, we believe that there is still more in him that we can redeem in this environment.”
Amido Balde will be the next to leave the SPFL champions after his two loans spells in Belgium and Israel last season.
 
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