Dembele heads to Lyon on deadline day


Striker Moussa Dembele has left Celtic in order to join French side Lyon for £19.7m.

Dembele has signed a five-year contract with the Ligue 1 side.

The Ligue 1 side had improved their bid after Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers said on Thursday night they had rejected a “significant offer” which was believed to be £18m.

On the same day Dembele took to Twitter and posted the phrase: “A man without his word is nothing. A real man keeps his word.”

Lyon’s increased bid of £19.7m was enough for Celtic to accept and send Dembele packing.

In a statement, Rodgers stated: “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.”

“We have said all along that we did not wish to sell Moussa, given the circumstances within the transfer window. That is why we rejected a significant offer yesterday.”

“The board and myself are united and they have been very supportive to me on this issue.”

“I would like to thank Moussa for his contribution in our last two seasons. We want to wish him well in his new adventure at Lyon.”

PSG academy graduate Dembele joined Celtic as a free agent in the summer of 2016 from Fulham.

The 22-year-old went on to score 51 goals in 94 appearances during his spell at Celtic Park.

It will be a big season for him in Ligue 1 and it’ll be his time to prove that PSG were wrong to let him go in the first place.

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