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Celtic move tempting for Agudelo

SoccerNews in MLS 23 Nov 2012

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USA international Juan Agudelo said a permanent move to SPL champions Celtic is appealing to the forward.

The Chivas USA striker had a week-long training stint with the Glasgow-based giants, and according to manager Neil Lennon, he has impressed.

“He has looked very good, we have been very impressed with him,” Lennon told STV.

“We are hoping he will stay around for a few more days and we can talk with his representatives.”

Lennon continued to praise the 19-year-old adding: “I haven’t had the chance to sit down with everyone and discuss it, but myself and my backroom team have been very impressed.”

Agudelo has one year remaining on his current contract with his Major League Soccer club.

While he has impressed in glimpses with the United States national team and the New York Red Bulls, he scored just three goals in his first season as a full-time starter.

Despite a poor statistical season in Los Angeles, Agudelo’s impressive potential and his lowered price due to the time remaining on his contract makes his a value for interested teams in Europe.

In an interview with STV, Agudelo admitted Celtic is an attractive opportunity for him as it gives him a chance to play in Europe but he said he had not made his mind up to move there just yet.

“We’ll see. I’d have to consider a lot of things, but definitely, Celtic is a great club,” Agudelo said.

“This kind of move has been on my mind for as long as I can remember playing soccer. Going and playing in Europe is what I would like to do. This is, right now, where the best football is being played. I would love to play here.”

Agudelo was impressed with Cetlic fans’ support in Glasgow.

“(It’s) definitely something I thought of as soon as I heard the word Celtic,” he said.

“I know the history. It’s basically a religion for many.”

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