Celtic loanee 'to return this summer' as club set to decline option to buy

Olivier Ntcham will return to Celtic this summer after loan with Marseille expires, according to reports in France.

Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham is unlikely to be bought by Marseille this summer. Picture: SNS

The midfielder left for the Ligue 1 side in the January transfer window in a move that was expected to signal the end of his Celtic Park career with rumoured £4.5 million option-to-buy clause inserted into the deal.

However, La Provence claim that Marseille will opt against trying to buy the player in the summer. Ntcham has started only three games since his switch and was hauled off at half-time in each of them.

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It’s been far from an ideal move for the 25-year-old, who inadvertently caused a huge stir upon his arrival with previous boss André Villas-Boas telling the media he’d offered his resignation to the club’s board because he didn’t want Ntcham signed. The ex-Chelsea manager would soon leave the club after being suspended for publicly criticising the recruitment.

Ntcham still has one year left to run on his Celtic contract if he returns.

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