FILIPE JOTA will pick up £200,000-per-WEEK after agreeing a three-year deal with cash-rich Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad.

The winger quit Celtic when the lure of a tax-free annual salary of a mindboggling £10million proved to be irresistible.

Details of the astonishing contract emerged as the Hoops fans’ favourite sealed the switch that will see the champions pick up £25million in a transfer fee which is a massive mark up on the £6.5million they paid Benfica last summer to make Jota’s stay at Parkhead permanent following his impressive season-long loan.

ON THE THRONE…how Filipe Jota’s new club depicted the signing on social media.

After the Lisbon club have been paid their 30 per cent of the profit of the sell-on money, the Parkhead side will be left with £12.5million to add to Brendan Rodgers’ transfer war chest.

The flamboyant Portuguese ace flew to Dubai where he passed a yesterday before putting pen to paper, as the Scottish Sun reported.

Jota will join French World Cup stars Karim Benzema, the iconic Real Madrid striker, and N’Golo Kante, ex-Chelsea midfielder, in former Wolves and Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad.

Jota won the Premiership title, but injury kept him out of the triumphant League Cup team in his first season.

However, the raider was heavily involved in last term’s world record eighth treble and scored his last goal for the club in the 3-1 Scottish Cup Final victory over Inverness Caley Thistle on June 3.

YELLOW PEARL…Filipe Jota holds the Al-Ittihad shirt.

Jota follows Australia World Cup star Aaron Mooy through the exit after the midfielder, who will be 33 in September, announced his retirement last week.

Brendan Rodgers has already started the rebuild by spending £4million on Norwegian anchorman Odin Thiago Holm and Australian winger Marco Tilio.

More arrivals are set to follow as the returning gaffer prepares for the Premiership kick-off against Ross County on Flag Day at Parkhead on Saturday August 5.


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