Celtic have been named as one of the clubs showing interest in Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
The future for the 32-year-old has been uncertain ever since he lost the number spot earlier in the season.
According to Harry Pratt at the Daily Star, Begovic is determined to stay and fight to regain his place. Pre-season training starts next weekend and the former Stoke City star is fresh and raring to go.
“I’m fresh, recharged and ready for another gruelling season”, The Bosnian said
“I’ll be reporting back with the priority to prove to the boss I’m there to compete for the keeper’s shirt against Sheffield United on the opening weekend”.
“We have no issues with each other. I respect Eddie Howe and his decisions. He’s the manager. I’m happy at Bournemouth. I have three years left on my contract. And nobody has told me officially I’m surplus to requirements”.
“But, of course, at this stage of my career, I do want to be playing as many games as possible.”
However, he is clearly no longer viewed as the number one at the Cherries thus the interest from so many clubs. Celtic, Watford, Stoke, Fenerbache and Olympiacos have all shown interest in the £10 Million rated player.
Having appeared in just two games since January it is difficult to see Begovic making his way back into the plans of Eddie Howe. A situation he has acknowledged
“There’s been a lot of speculation. That’s the nature of the beast at this time with the window open”. he said
“I’m not foolish. I know things can change in the blink of an eye. If and when something comes up, we’ll cross that bridge”.
“This is my 15th season here in England. If other opportunities arrive, I wouldn’t mind experiencing different things but for now, the focus is solely Bournemouth”.
The Celtic manager, Neil Lennon is looking to strengthen his squad but whether he would be prepared to spend £10 Million on Begovic is questionable. As for the player himself, the writing does look on the wall and the chances are he will be sold this summer.