Italian newspaper reports absolutely laughable assessment for Celtic star rated by Angel
Italian newspaper Messagerro Veneto amazingly reported today that Stephen Welsh is only valued at € 2million [£1.6m] by the Celtic.
Sky Sports reported on Friday that the Hoops had rejected an offer from Serie A club Udinese to take the Welshman to Italy. The move would have been a loan deal with the option of making it permanent.
But while Messagerro Veneto, a Udine-based newspaper, claimed that Udinese still love the player, they offered a bizarre assessment of the talented center-back.
The Welshman lost his place in the starting XI between September and October. However, he still managed 19 outings this season and played the last 2 Premiership games before the winter break. [Transfermarkt].
Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has always praised the Welshman since he took over as boss this summer. Only 2 months after arriving, Ange said he was “delighted” with his progress and praised it for Scotland. [Scottish Sun].
Welsh is a graduate of Lennoxtown Academy, having initially made his debut in the first team under Neil Lennon in October 2020.
Stephen Welsh is not going anywhere for such an insulting rate
Could you honestly imagine a world where Celtic would let such talent as Welsh go for as ridiculous an amount as £ 1.6million? Even £ 5million would be a slap in the face.
Come on, we expect to get over £ 1.6million for Vasilis Barkas, Albian Ajeti and Boli Bolingoli. The mere thought of Welsh for the money is enough to put a smile on your face.
We are talking about a player who has high-level European experience. A player who is still only 21 years old and clearly noted by his manager. A player with 41 appearances for the Hoops and so much more growth in him. Big luck if those of Udine believe that they will go somewhere with these numbers.
But there’s probably an even bigger issue worth discussing here, and that’s whether we should even consider letting him go. We know Celtic are evaluating the player, but he may not actually be part of our strongest pair of center-backs. Especially with Carl Starfelt and Chris Jullien, both probably available after the winter break.
Welsh probably falls within the range of a player who has his price. But Celtic will know the merchandise they have, and given he’s under contract until 2025, it’s the Hoops who hold all the aces.
He still has all the tools to be a real academy success story in the long term. And as long as interested parties are discussing such modest assessments, he’s not going anywhere in a hurry.
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