Celtic manager Neil Lennon believes his young midfield star Victor Wanyama is worth 25 million pounds.
Lennon – himself a former midfielder for the Glasgow side – believes Wanyama has the quality to play for the biggest clubs on the world stage and confirmed that contract negotiations with the player had fallen through.
It is believed Manchester United have scouted the player on more than one occasion, but that any talk of a formal move is premature.
And Lennon was also keen to state his club are not in a position where they have to sell the 21-year-old.
“Twenty-five million pounds,” Lennon told reporters when asked the value of his player. “Wanyama has the world at his feet.
“But his feet are here and they won’t be going anywhere unless we say so.”
Wanyama has been at Celtic Park since July 2011 when he moved from Belgian club Beerschot, but his agent has recently gone public over failed contract talks.
Lennon, however, believes Wanyama is happy where he is.
“A month ago, he went on record saying how happy he was here and I have no reason not to believe that,” he said.
However, if Wanyama was to move, Lennon believes there would be no shortage of top clubs desiring his signature.
Asked if he thought the midfielder was good enough to play for Barcelona – who beat Celtic 2-1 thanks to a late Jordi Alba winner on Tuesday – Lennon responded: “I think he is, yes.”