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Jeremie Frimpong transfer: Celtic defender moves to Bayer Leverkusen

Neil Lennon: "We are disappointed to lose him, but he's come in for £300,000 and we could sell him for a huge amount of money"; Celtic next face Hamilton at Celtic Park on Wednesday night

Image: Neil Lennon said Celtic had received a 'robust' offer for Jeremie Frimpong earlier on Wednesday

Jeremie Frimpong has completed his permanent move from Celtic to Bayer Leverkusen.

Frimpong still had two-and-a-half years left on his Celtic contract after joining from Manchester City in 2019.

He has signed a four-year deal with the German club.

Celtic tweeted on Wednesday: "We would like to thank Jeremie Frimpong for his contribution to the club and wish him all the best for his future career."

Celtic boss Neil Lennon said Frimpong expressed a desire to leave the club "six or seven weeks ago", revealing the Premiership champions had received a "really robust offer" for the right-back.

Lennon said: "The club has made strides to renegotiate with Jeremie and his representatives and that wasn't the case. The player made it clear to me, to [head of football operations] Nick [Hammond] and the board that he wanted to leave.

"The club felt it was a good business, we do as well from a football side of things, and when a player makes it clear he would prefer to play his football somewhere else, we all agreed that was a decision we needed to take.

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"Yeah, we are disappointed to lose him, but he's come in for £300,000 and we could sell him for a huge amount of money.

"So it's credit to the development of the player himself and what the coaches and the club have done for him, that a couple of top European clubs have shown an interest in him."

A new right-back is now high on Lennon's priority list before the transfer window closes on February 1 but the Celtic manager admitted the club was unlikely to spend heavily this month.

"I don't know if we'll be spending money," he said.

"It may just be looking at a player on loan until the end of the season, or one or two bargains that we feel could be value for money and would make us better."

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Lennon also confirmed others had expressed a desire to leave Celtic, adding that he did not expect the club to sell any more players this window.

Speaking on the future of striker Odsonne Edouard, Lennon added: "We don't want to sell him.

"There have been no bids for him, there's been no speculation surrounding him. There's been no interest in him at all, particularly in this window."

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