Celtic offer Odsonne Edouard new contract amid Arsenal and Leicester City interest

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Celtic have opened talks with Odsonne Edouard over a new contract, according to The Metro.

The 22-year-old has been in stunning form since moving to Parkhead in the summer of 2017, with the striker proving himself as one of the top young strikers in Europe.

This included scoring 21 goals in 27 appearances this as the Bhoys secured another league title.

As a result this has led to significant interest from clubs on the continent, including Arsenal and Leicester City who are credited with an interest.

Both clubs are keen to strengthen their attacking line this summer, but could now face a challenge to do so with Celtic boss Neil Lennon saying that he wants him to stay for at least another season.

As quoted by The Metro, Lennon said: "There are discussions at the minute with his [Edouard’s] representatives.

"Ultimately he’s a player we want around. He’s a fantastic player. He’s really blossomed over the last couple of seasons.

"He had a magnificent season this year and we want to keep him. It’s as simple as that. We’re doing everything we can to keep him here for at least another season anyway.

"I think he is [happy]. I think he’s got a fantastic relationship certainly with me and my backroom team and his team-mates.

"You can see how much the supporters appreciate him as well. I think that’s reciprocated. He’s grown into a top-class striker.

"Of course, there is going to be speculation around a player of that quality. But we’re comfortable at the minute with the position we’re in with him."

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

Few can argue with the interest that Odsonne Edouard is attracting.

The striker's form for Celtic has been outstanding, and in my opinion, he is deserving of an opportunity to stretch himself in a better standard of league.

A move to Arsenal or Leicester City would be huge for him, and more than that I believe that his skillset is perfectly suited to being a success at either of those clubs.

Celtic will be doing all that they can to keep hold of him - and rightly so.

However it seems that any move to give him a new contract will be more of an effort to drive up their asking price, rather than convincing him to stay for another three or four years.

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