Glasgow Celtic manager Neil Lennon has confirmed that negotiations with star forward Odsonne Edouard over a potential contract extension are already underway.
The 22-year-old is very highly rated and has been linked with a Parkhead exit as visiting scouts send glowing reports back to their clubs.
However, Lennon was quoted by where the Celtic manager revealed that discussions are already underway to extend the striker’s contract and expressed optimism about seeing a positive outcome.
“There are ongoing discussions at the minute with his representatives,” the Hoops boss told scotsman.com.
“Ultimately he’s a player we want around. He’s a fantastic player. He’s really blossomed over the last couple of seasons. He had a magnificent season this year and we want to keep him.
“It’s as simple as that. We’re doing everything we can to keep him here for at least another season anyway. I think he is happy here.
“I think he’s got a fantastic relationship certainly with me and my backroom team and his team-mates. You can see how much the supporters appreciate him as well. I think that’s reciprocated. He’s grown into a top-class striker.”
The French U21 international joined Celtic from Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain in the summer of 2018.
Since then, Edouard has represented the Bhoys in 126 matches in all competitions where he has managed to score 60 times and provided 31 assists.
In the recently concluded campaign, Edouard was in great form for Celtic where he registered 27 goals to his name along with providing 19 assists in 45 matches in all competitions.
Lennon’s comments will be the perfect tonic for the Parkhead faithful, who will hope the deadly striker stays in Glasgow.
Celtic are looking to win their tenth consecutive top-flight title in 2020-21 and Edouard will be a key man in helping the Scottish champions achieve the remarkable feat.