Moussa Dembele will finally get his wish at the eleventh hour.
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers spoke today about how he felt it necessary to send Dembele home from training. The Frenchman sat out the team’s win over Suduba last night, and made a number of digs at Rodgers on social media for seemingly blocking a move that has been in the works since last season.
Don't get it wrong Bhoys and Ghirls nothing to do with people who really care about the club @CelticFC ?too much love and respect for you and the crest #CarefulWhoYouCallTheLeaderOfYours pic.twitter.com/3FR1YoJLHr
— Moussa Dembélé (@MDembele_10) August 31, 2018
“It was best for him to go inside and let the others work, my job is to protect the best interests of the club, the players that are here,” Rodgers said, pointing out that he had made no promises to the player regarding a departure.
It appears that the manager has relented just hours before the closing of the transfer window, with Celitc announcing that they have accepted a bid from Lyon for the 22-year-old.
“CELTIC tonight can confirm that the club has accepted an offer from Lyon for the transfer of striker Moussa Dembele,” a statement read on their official website.
#CelticFC tonight can confirm that the club has accepted an offer from Lyon for the transfer of striker Moussa Dembele.
Full statement ⬇️ https://t.co/AX4a4FokJ4
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) August 31, 2018
Rodgers had the following to say in light of Dembele’s move back home to France.
“Every decision we make at Celtic will always be in the best interests of the Club and our supporters.
“It is vital to make clear that we have never promised any player that he can leave the Club at a particular time. It has never happened. In fact, we have said all along that we did not wish to sell Moussa, given the circumstances within the transfer window and that is why we rejected a significant offer yesterday.
“However, this particular decision to accept this offer has been taken in order to serve the best interests of the first-team squad, my coaching team and the culture and environment we have created in these last two seasons.
“The Board and myself are united and they have been very supportive to me on this issue.
“Our real focus now turns to Sunday’s match and beyond, working with our players here who are committed to doing all they can to ensure another successful season for the Club.
“Finally, I would like to thank Moussa for his contribution in our last two seasons and want to wish him well in his new adventure at Lyon.”