CELTIC have suffered a blow in their pursuit of Norwegian international full back Omar Elabdellaoui after Olympiacos manager Pedro Martins ruled out the sale of ANY of his top players in the January window.
Celtic were yesterday linked with a move for the right back, with a fee of around £4million being bandied about.
However, it appears Martins has no intention of breaking up his side halfway through the season. The Greek club are in second place in the SuperLeague and trail PAOK by eight points. The manager is aware that losing any of his big game players could all but seal their fate in the title race.
Speaking about the possibility of moving some stars on in this window, he shut it down straight away. “Many European clubs have been interested in our players,” Martins told RecordSport.
“But I have not had a single player who has come to my door asking to leave.
“We are focused on our goals of winning the title again and we won’t risk that by selling any players.
“To achieve our goals this season, we need a quality squad so none of our first team players will be sold this month.”
Brendan Rodgers and Celtic have been really struggling to find a suitable player for the right back position. They thought they had Cristiano Piccini in the bag back in the summer before the player opted to move to Valencia last minute. The club has also been linked with a move for Timothy Castagne from Atalanta but again that looks dead in the water.
Is this another blow for the club as they try to secure a new defender?