Southampton’s Mohamed Elyounoussi was on loan at Celtic for the 2019/20 season and the forward finished the campaign with seven goals and six assists in all competitions.
On June 30th, the Bhoys confirmed the Norway international has extended his loan stay at the club for one more season.
Before deciding to join Neil Lennon’s side on another temporary deal, the Saints owned player was also wanted by Real Betis. Last week, VG reported the former Basel man had to pick between the Scottish side and the La Liga club.
Despite having an opportunity to move to Spain, the 25-year-old admitted continuing at Celtic Park was the best option for him. Speaking to Norway’s TV2, the attacker has detailed the reasons for the same.
“I like it very well here and was wanted by the club and also the fans. It made the choice quite easy. At the same time, I have a coach who has a lot of faith in me. The whole package was good enough for me that I wanted to stay another year,” he said.
“It has been going on for a few weeks, and the parties were a little apart. But Celtic was the best thing for me, to be able to continue where I left off.”
“I was on my way to finding myself again and find the form from Basel, so it’s a blow the season was cancelled. I am very motivated and looking to have a good [2020/21] season.
“The conditions are about the same as I had last season. I’m happy with the deal I’ve been given and the job my agent has done. But it was the sporting thing that was most important to me.
“If we hadn’t agreed now, I wouldn’t have been allowed to train with them [Celtic]. So, I was on my way to say bye to the guys, but now I see them again.”
Elyounoussi pointed out the support he received from Celtic supporters was also one of the factors to extend his loan stay at the club.
“They’ve been on me since the league was stopped. It was pouring in with messages that they want me to stay for another year. So, [I] must have done something right,” the Norwegian stressed,
Despite having a contract at Southampton until 2023, Elyounoussi is of the belief another loan move to Celtic suits all parties involved.
“I haven’t shown up there [Southampton] yet. They have spent a lot of money on me and still believe in me. I think this loan will be good for both parties. Hopefully I can have a good season, with no injury problems. I am happy to end the uncertainty,” the player added.