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Moussa Dembele has officially left Fulham to join Scottish giants Celtic, the club’s official website has confirmed.
Dembele joined Fulham from French heavyweights Paris Saint Germain at the age of 16, and began his career in England by winning the Premier Academy League with the Fulham Under-18 team in his debut season.
The French striker has since developed rapidly, ending last season with a goal tally of 17 in all competitions, and playing a major part in helping his club finish 20th in the English Championship – just two places above the relegation spot.
His top quality performances saw him linked with potential transfers to Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, but the 19-year-old has chosen Celtic as his preferred destination.
Dembele joins the club on a four-year deal, becoming new manager Brendan Rodgers’ first signing of the club.
He spoke to Celtic TV after the completion of his transfer, saying: “It’s a massive thing to come to this club and to be Brendan Rodgers’ first signing is something unreal for me.
“The manager told me that Celtic is a good team for me. When I come here I will have game-time but I have to show that I can stay in the team, and it’s a good way for me to progress here with a massive stadium and the fans and the city. Everyone lives for Celtic, and for me it’s unbelievable to play for a massive club like this.”
He further talked about his hopes of making a big impact at Celtic Park, just like his former Fulham teammate Patrick Roberts did upon joining Celtic.
“I spoke to Patrick yesterday (Monday) about the club and he told me good things about it but my mind was already made up,” said the new Celtic signing.
“As a young footballer you have get as much experience as you can to get to the next level and at Celtic I know I can win trophies and play European football, and it’s a massive club as well, so it feels good.
“Last year I followed the Scottish league, so I know the Celtic team but I really need to get to know them when I get to Slovenia. I can’t wait to start training and playing football and getting to meet my new team-mates, and settle into the team. That’s what I’m looking forward to.
“As a football player, the best place you can be is on the pitch and it’s where you enjoy the most and it’s where you show people what you can do.”
The addition of a talented young striker such as Dembele will surely give the Scottish Champions enough boost to have more than a decent campaign in the UEFA Champions League next season.
He will be officially unveiled as a Celtic player at a media conference at Celtic Park at 10 AM tomorrow, and will then go on to join up with his new team-mates for pre-season training in Slovenia.