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Zinedine Zidane expects Moussa Dembele to become a star

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Celtic have signed themselves a future Galactico. At least, that's according to Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.

The Scottish side beat a number of Europe's top clubs to Moussa Dembele when he joined from Fulham earlier this summer.

He scored 15 goals from 56 games during his time in the Championship, and although stats like those may not be seen as that impressive, Zidane has tipped the Frenchman to become one of the world's best.

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Speaking to the Daily Record, the World Cup winner described his fellow countryman:

"Dembele is an exciting player potentially for France, he has already shown what he is capable of.

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"He is a very big signing for Celtic. I like to follow the progress of exciting, young, French players, and I know that Bayern, Monaco and Juventus were all looking at him - so it really is big that Celtic managed to sign him."

If anybody knows what it takes to become a Galactico (an expensive star of the game, usually playing for Real Madrid) it's Zidane himself. And Dembele has the kind of attitude that could bring him to the top, after announcing his ambition to become the best striker in the world at his Celtic unveiling last week.

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Zidane added: “I think it’s a good move for him, he needs first time football, to develop the skills he already he has and I think he will get that at Celtic. He is still so young, he can look at another move in four or five years time and still then he will only be a very young player.”

The hard work begins soon as the Scots return to pre-season training, and the 19-year-old forward will be hoping he can tie down a place in Brendan Rodgers' starting 11 for the upcoming season.

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The former Liverpool boss has a good record of nurturing young talent and is seen as one of the forces behind Raheem Sterling's rise before he was sold to Manchester City for a fee of £50 million, a record for an Englishman.

Celtic fans will be hoping he can do the same with Dembele, but if he becomes half the player Zidane tips him to be, then the Scottish club will struggle to hold on to their hottest prospect.

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