Odsonne Edouard has revealed he plans to leave Celtic when the time is right having been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League.
Edouard, 22, has netted 66 goals in 136 appearances for Celtic since joining the Scottish Premiership champions from French club Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, initially on loan.
Aston Villa were among the striker’s admirers during the summer transfer window before signing Ollie Watkins in a club-record deal from Brentford.
Arsenal and Leicester City – who are managed by ex-Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers – were also claimed to hold an interest in Edouard in recent months.
The France under-21 international’s agent revealed he planned to hold talks with Celtic’s board after the club’s elimination from the Champions League at the hands of Ferencvaros in August.
Neil Lennon’s side were thought to be demanding north of £40million for Edouard in an attempt to put off potential suitors.
But while they managed to hold onto the forward for the time being, Edouard has confirmed he wishes to play at a higher level in the future.
Speaking to Telefoot in France (via the Daily Record), he said: “I’ve been here for three years, and for sure when the time comes I’ll think about leaving, look for a higher league.
“Right now I’m focused on this season and when the right time comes I’ll make the decision to go.”
Asked if he’d go to England or return to his homeland, with the hosts saying they’d love to see the Celtic man back in Ligue 1, Edouard replied: “Honestly I haven’t really thought about it, I don’t know what the future holds.”