Key Glasgow Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham has opened up about his future at the Scottish champions and indicated that he could be open to leaving the Parkhead club this summer, amidst links with Ligue 1 club Marseille.
The 23-year-old has been on the books of the Hoops since the summer of 2017. He has shown glimpses of potential as he has gone on to make 43 league appearances for the Glasgow club, scoring eight goals.
During the past season, he made 30 appearances in all competitions, scoring five goals as Celtic secured a third successive domestic treble.
There is no doubt that a move to the Ligue 1 could be appealing to the French U-21 international. In all likelihood, his move to Celtic was probably viewed as a temporary option in order to gain more experience before moving to one of Europe’s top five leagues.
If Ntcham stays at Celtic, it is unlikely that he will ever get a call-up to the French national team.
Moving to a club such as Marseille will give him a chance to represent the 2018 World Cup champions if he manages to impress in that environment. He also struggled for regular game time during the past season at Parkhead so this is even more reason as to why he may be fancying a move.
Ntcham, who is contracted to Celtic until the summer of 2022, has been speaking about his future while back in his homeland.
Discussing the Marseille rumours, Ntcham indicated that he is interested.
“Yes, it’s very interesting. Marseille are a big club. A departure from Celtic is possible,” he said at a media conference.
Celtic fans will hope that if the decision to sell Ntcham is made, the Scottish club can extract a sizeable profit and reinvest the money in Neil Lennon’s squad.