‘I Asked The Physio To Keep Him In Sight’ – Rodgers Reveals How He Stopped Dembele Joining Chelsea
Celtic boss Brendon Rodgers revealed how he stopped star striker Moussa Dembele from leaving the club on transfer deadline day.
Dembele flew to English capital London on the deadline day to get his knee scanned and Rodgers asked team physio Tim Williamson to not let the star striker out-of his sight.
Dembele was heavily linked with a last minute £40 million move to Chelsea.
With rumours surrounding the players future, Rodgers didn’t want to take any chances.
“We had to make sure the physio didn’t lose sight of him down there,” Rodgers joked.
“Ironically the hospital he was in was in Chelsea, believe it or not. So I said to Tim, be like Franco Baresi and just stay tight to him.”
“But he was happy to come back. He is loving it here. He got some fluid out of his knee, he has had a good reaction to it, so we will see how he is for the weekend.”
FootTheBall has reported that Celtic were unwilling to let the 20-year-old depart.
The Frenchman has become an integral part of the team ever-since joining the club and has scored 20 goals in 38 appearances for the bhoys.
Chelsea were also linked with Celtic stopper Craig Gordon, but Brendon is relieved to have kept hold of the goalkeeper.
“It was difficult for Craig because I don’t think he is built for the stress,” Rodgers said.
“He is a big guy who is calm and laid back and it probably got on his nerves. But I have reassured him that he is an absolutely massive part of what I’m doing here.”
“You see the level of his game, his composure, his quality, everything. And I’m very hopeful that soon we will tie him down for longer here because he is a huge player in relation to how I want my team to operate. That will be our best signing once that gets done.”