‘Plans can change’ – Celtic striker Dembele drops January exit hint

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Manchester United and Chelsea have previously been linked to the France Under-21 man, with Brighton the latest club to take a look at the forward

Celtic striker Moussa Dembele has hinted that he could be prepared to leave the club in January, but says that until that is certain, he will keep giving his all for the Hoops.

Brendan Rodgers’ side sit five points clear at the top of the Premiership table and have qualified for the last 32 of the Europa League, where they will meet Zenit St Petersburg, with Dembele having established himself as one of their star men.

His formidable displays have attracted attention from elsewhere, with the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Brighton linked with the £25 million-rated France Under-21 international. 

“I can say it is part of the plan, but the plan can change,” he replied after being asked whether he would remain at the club.

“As long as I am here I will give 100 per cent but I don’t know until when. I just focus on my football and give my best for the club, and we will see.

“I don’t look at the media or what people are saying about me. I just focus on myself.

“All the talk is not difficult for me. That was the case when I was in France too so I have been used to it.

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“I just get my head down and work. I have my agent and my family who take care of that and I focus on my football.

“You have to focus on what you are good at — and what I am good at is playing football and scoring goals.”

The 21-year-old has been hampered by a hamstring injury in the early part of the season and has eight goals in 17 appearances for Celtic.

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