French striker Moussa Dembele has joined Ligue 1 club Lyon from Celtic on a five-year deal. The transfer fee for Dembele is £19.7 million. Earlier, Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers said that they rejected an offer of £18 million for the 22-year old. There were rumors that Dembele
Then, Dembele took to twitter to express his disappointment. He wrote, “A man without his word is nothing. A real man keeps his word.”
Rodgers said on Celtic’s official website, “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.”
Moussa Dembele joined Celtic from Fulham in 2016. He played 94 matches for the club across all competitions and netted 51 goals. During his time at Celtic, Dembele helped the club to win two Scottish Premiership titles, two Scottish Cups and two Scottish League Cups. All these titles came in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.