We don’t know why people take such cheap shots at Newcastle United from time to time – with the transfer of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Remy Cabella from Montpellier we had to put up with some name calling from their 70 year-old Chairman Louis Nicollin and now Celtic manager Ronny Deila has said that center-back Virgil van Dijk can do better than go to Newcastle, and that he’s good enough to join a top six club in England..
Ronny Deila – new Celtic manager
Newcastle were reported to be strong favorites by the Scotsman a couple of days ago to sign Virgil, and this is how Celtic manager responded to the possible transfer of Virgil:
“He is a top player.”“If he trains well and focuses on the right things he can go to big clubs – and I mean clubs above Newcastle.¨ “That’s the target for him.”“He has to go to teams that are at the highest level and he can do that from Celtic.¨
“If he continues playing the way he is, working on his concentration and learning from the experiences of European competition he can move to a big club.¨ “He has everything, he just needs to keep consistency and to keep motivated.”
Some of those comments from the Celtic manager are simply to drive up the interest in their center-back, which hopefully for them will drive up the transfer fee they can get for the talented Dutchman.
The price for the 23 year-old Dutch center-back is said to be £8M, which seems reasonable, even though Celtic paid only £2.5M for him last summer., when he moved from Groningen.
But one of the problems of joining a top six club, is a good player could spend a lot of time on the bench – so that’s at least one advantage of Virgil joining Newcastle from Celtic – he will likely be an immediate starter at the Magpies.
It’s thought that Celtic may try to keep their center-back, should they qualify for the group stages of the Champions League.
And luck is certainly on their side because in the previous round they were hammered 6-1 by Legia Warsaw, but the Polish club fielded an ineligible player in the last few minutes of the second leg, and were eliminated because of that.
Celtic drew 1-1 at Slovenian club Maribor, and the second leg is next Wednesday in Scotland.
Note: Paul Lawson is a NUFC season ticket holder living in Birmingham, and wonders if there are any other season ticket holders in the area, so they can share the car expenses to Newcastle – you can contact Paul at 07969296054.
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