Celtic defender Mikael Lustig has played down reports he will be heading back to Sweden, following claims AIK are interested in him.

In November it was claimed the Swedish champions wanted to sign the Celtic player and that his international teammate Seb Larsson was looking to convince him over a move.

However, Lustig has told Expressen he only met with Larsson by chance whilst on a trip to Stockholm and wasn’t in his home country to discuss a move to AIK: “Yes, and if I had been a bit cleverer about it then these rumours would not have started.

“But there was nothing in it. Sebastian Larsson called and he knew that I was in Stockholm and asked if I was eager to come out. No more than that. It was no big deal.”

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Celtic reportedly have the option to extend his contract by another season, but it’s not clear for the Swedish media what Brendan Rodgers’ stance is on the future with the Sweden international.

Following the AIK rumours it was claimed the Scottish champions planned to hold a crucial meeting to discuss the player’s situation.

With the Swedish season only starting at end of March it’s unlikely the right back will be heading back home in this window but this could all change in the summer.