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PUKKI VOWS TO QUIT CELTIC

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FINNISH flop Teemu Pukki has admitted he would rather return to Spain than come back to Scotland and play for Celtic.

The £3million misfit, sent out on loan to Brondby seven months ago, revealed he would opt for a move to La Liga where he had two years with Sevilla.

Pukki, who has netted eight goals for the Danes, beating his seven for the Hoops Celtic last term after his move from Schalke, said: “My dream is to play in Spain again. Hopefully, I will find a good club and be there for many years, but Brondby is also fine for me. We’ll see what happens.”

Pukki signed a four-year contract when Neil Lennon signed him in August 2013 and he insists there has been no contact with the club since he left Scotland.

He added: “I have not talked to them. I have not thought of Celtic since I came, I focus only on Brondby. When the time comes I will make a decision, but it is not yet.

“You never know what’s going to happen in football. Even if you have a contract you can be sold. I’m not the type who gets stressed about something. I just live life and I do not think about what will happen.”

Pukki celebrated his 25th birthday on by making his 39th appearance for Finland – managed by former Kilmarnock and Hibs boss, Mixu Paatelainen – in their 2-1 Euro 2016 qualifying defeat to Northern Ireland.

He added: “I thought it was a good idea to move to Scotland to get plenty of minutes on the pitch and lots of goals. But it was not as easy as I had thought.
“Against Celtic everyone gets behind the ball. My football is more about running behind the defence and there was no room to do that.

“Georgios Samaras helped me a lot. For training he took it easy but in the games he was always the best player on the field.

“I am better physically because of him. Scotland is not easy. It taught me about dealing with defenders.

“Now I hope that at some point I will find a club where I can be for a long time.”
 
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