Celtic’s Nir Bitton puts Euro football ahead of English cash

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Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton says he has put his ambitions of playing in the English Premier League on hold because he places a regular diet of European football ahead of maximising his personal finances.

The Israeli international agreed a new contract with the Scottish champions this week which runs until 2020.

“Money is important in life, but not right now,” said Bitton. “I am still young, 24 years old, and have plenty of years in front of me. The right thing for me now is to play for Celtic. Sometimes it is better to play in the Champions League or Europa League instead of, I don’t know, the bottom of the English Premier League.

“Sometimes players choose to go after the money but the money is not the most important thing in life.

“You have to think of everything. For a player, sometimes to win trophies, play for championships and for a Champions League team is better than money.

“So to win trophies with Celtic and try to play in the Champions League is, right now, the most important thing for me.

“There are a lot of things in life that affect you. The reason I signed the new contract is also because my wife Bar is happy here in Scotland. A happy wife makes life easier – everyone knows that! If we are happy here, why would we change?”.