Celtic manager Neil Lennon has admitted that he is disappointed by Jeremie Frimpong’s decision to leave the club this month and join German club Bayer Leverkusen.
“Yes, I feel a bit let down because we felt we could progress him further and we offered him a new deal which would have kept him here for another two or three years, but it was down to the player’s personal ambition,” said Lennon according to Glasgowlive.
“Whether that’s the right way for him remains to be seen. For us, though, from a business point of view – and maybe from a footballing point of view as well – when a player’s mind is set like that it’s very difficult to bring him back round.
“It didn’t come as a surprise at all. This has been in the offing for the past couple of months. We offered the player talks for a new deal a few months back, but he declined and made it clear that he wanted to leave, despite our best efforts to keep him.”
The 20-year-old was one of the most consistent performers this season, as he has recorded one goal and two assists in the 22 SPL games he has played.
The Dutchman has been with Celtic since the summer of 2019, and helped the club win the treble last season.
The report added that Frimpong never looked interested in signing a new deal with the Hoops and wanted to leave Parkhead as soon as possible.
There is no doubt that Frimpong’s decision to leave Celtic at this point in time would have left many fans frustrated.
He has left the club when they trail Rangers by 23 points in the SPL, and many fans would have expected him to stay until the end of the season to give them the best chance of cutting that advantage.