Defender linked with Celtic and Sunderland responds when asked about moving abroad

Bahlul Mustafazade in action for Azerbaijan against Hungary
Bahlul Mustafazade in action for Azerbaijan against Hungary
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Bahlul Mustafazade, the Azerbaijan international defender linked with Celtic and Sunderland over the past 12 months, has again reiterated his desire to play overseas.

The 22-year-old, who was first linked with the Hoops back in April after impressing for Gabala, was expected to come to Scotland for a trial period, which never materialised.

Instead, he moved to Gabala's rivals Sabah in June 2019, signing a three-year deal.

Mustafazade made his international debut in September, and earlier this month was linked with Sunderland.

The defender was asked about Sunderland's interest in the wake of Azerbaijan's 2-0 defeat to Wales in Euro 2020 qualifying.

Post-match, he was asked: "In the last gew international matches you have performed well. Would you like to move to a foreign league?"

He replied: "Of course. I really want to [play abroad].

"Recently, Sunderland were said to be interested, I can’t name any club specifically.

"[But] they did not say anything to me, there was no official proposal.

"For my development, it will be necessary to move abroad - I am aware of this, and if the opportunity arises, then I will definitely consider it."

Celtic are well-stocked in defence, with Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer linking up well to provide a formidable central partnership, while the likes of Hatem Abd Elhamed, Moritz Bauer, Jeremie Frimpong, Boli Bolingoli and Jonny Hayes in the full-back areas.

Jozo Simunovic is stepping up his return from injury while Nir Bitton and Jack Hendry can also operate at the back.

Mustafazade is unlikely to be a primary target for Celtic but given his desire to play abroad, he could