The Celtic loanee has rejected a lucrative offer as it looks like he has made it his priority to remain at Parkhead beyond this season.
One of the biggest complaints about the current Celtic players is that a lot of them appear to be already preparing to leave the club in the near future. Odsonne Edouard is the first name that comes to mind and it is more than likely that he will be off in the summer. You can also add the names of Olivier Ntcham and Ryan Christie to that list as well, while the future of Kristoffer Ajer remains up in the air as well.
That does not appear to be the problem with Diego Laxalt though. The Uruguayan might only be on a season-long loan from AC Milan but it looks like he has taken a liking to life in Glasgow.
“Diego Laxalt, who has been retiring in Dubai for a few days together with the rest of his team-mates, ended up in the crosshairs of Al-Hilal, a team currently in first position in their championship.
“The club has offered the player a three-year contract for almost 3 million euros per season, while waiting to speak with Milan. But the boy refused because he wants to continue playing in Europe.
“In fact, his priority remains Celtic, where he is playing continuously and is highly appreciated by the current technical staff.”
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It is hard to judge Laxalt as a player. He certain has his qualities but also his weaknesses. He is very good when it comes to carrying the ball up the pitch and an attacking threat. But there are huge questions about his defensive awareness and his delivery in the final third.
He has shown him to be a player who thrives on the occasion though and has put in some of his best performances in a Celtic shirt in big games. Unfortunately, not many around him have done the same this season, which is a huge reason why they are where they are at the moment.
Signing Laxalt on a permanent deal would probably be a shrewd move if AC Milan are willing to let him go at the right price. What is that right price? We don’t know. Do remember that we did pay £5 million in the summer to sign Albian Ajeti from West Ham United.