Jota: Benfica winger joins Celtic on loan deal with permanent option

Celtic have announced the signing of Portuguese starlet Jota.

Jota has signed for Celtic from Benfica. (Photo by CARLOS COSTA/AFP via Getty Images)

The 22-year-old joins on a loan deal until the end of the season with the Parkhead club having an option to make the deal permanent.

Jota, a Portuguese Under-21 international, follows Greek striker Giorgos Giakoumakis in the door on transfer deadline day at Celtic, becoming the 11th summer signing as Ange Postecoglou overhauls his squad.

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The player spent part of last season on loan at Real Valladolid, while he helped Benfica win the Primeira Liga in 2019.

He said: “I am very happy to join such an historic and exciting team as Celtic. Having played in Portugal and Spain, everyone knows that Celtic is a huge name across Europe and a club with real heart and soul.

"It will be a pleasure and an honour to fight for this club and I can’t wait to feel the atmosphere from our supporters at Paradise. I know the Manager wants us to play fast, attacking football, the way it should be played and I can’t wait to play my part in this.

“I will work hard to do all I can to make the fans happy and enjoy some good times together.”

“He was being courted by a number of Premier League clubs, so it is a huge coup to have signed him,” the Cherries’ chief executive Neill Blake said.

“We think it speaks volumes about him as a player and us as a club that he chose to come here and work under Scott Parker and his staff.”

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