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Georgios Samaras never received offer to extend Celtic deal

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After a six-and-a-half year stay in Glasgow, Greek striker Georgios Samaras is set to leave the club after reports claim that he was not offered a new contract.

The 29-year-old - who made his initial switch to the SPL winners back in January 2008 from Manchester City before making the move permanent six months later - has claimed that both himself and manager Neil Lennon had expressed interest in him staying, however he was not offered an extension.

Samaras told the Daily Record: "I'm leaving, that's for sure, but it was not my decision. I never had an offer from the club.

"I have not spoken to any other clubs. I was waiting to the end to see if they offered me anything but that is the end."

The long-haired striker who was recently named in Greece's 30-man provisional squad for the World Cup next month, scored in Sunday's 3-1 victory over Dundee United as the side celebrated winning the Scottish title for the 45th time.

Midfielder Kris Commons - who was named as the Scottish Football Writers' Player of the Season earlier this week - handed the ball to Samaras who converted a penalty that earned him a standing ovation from the Celtic faithful and reduced the player to tears.

Samaras has been linked with Roberto Martinez's Everton side, who are looking to replace Chelsea striker Romelu Lukakau, who returned to his parent club after a season-long loan.

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