Journalist Barry Anderson has claimed that Jota is set to sign a permanent deal with Celtic as the winger is reportedly happy to stay in Scotland.
Jota joined Celtic in the Scottish Premiership on loan from Benfica in the summer after he came through the Benfica youth academy. The Portuguese winger has scored nine goals and registered nine assists for Celtic in 26 Scottish Premiership games this campaign.
After impressing on loan this season for Celtic, the 23-year-old has reportedly told his parent club that he doesn’t see a future there after he has enjoyed his football away from the club this season.
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As Jota has supposedly told Benfica that he wants to leave the club in the summer, Barry Anderson has reported on Twitter that Celtic are set to make the loan deal a permanent one in the summer.
“Celtic set to sign Jota permanently from Benfica for £6.3m (€7.5m). The winger is happy to stay in Scotland and Benfica expect the buyout clause in his loan deal to be activated by CFC,” Anderson said.
We noted two developments if Jota was to sign a permanent deal at Parkhead.
Ange will be buzzing
Jota has been outstanding for Celtic this season, he has the third-highest average player rating in the entire SPFL (7.53), the joint-second most amount of goal contributions (18), and has created the joint second most big chances in the division (14), as per Sofascore.
Ange Postecoglou has expressed that he won’t hold any grudges if Jota opts to seek a move elsewhere in the summer. However, he has praised the attacker on many occasions, including calling him ‘unbelievable’ and stating that the ‘best is yet to come’ from him, so he will be buzzing that Jota has said that he wants to stay at Celtic for the foreseeable and sign a permanent deal in the upcoming transfer window
It was not long ago that there were reports that Jota will not sign a permanent deal with Celtic following his loan deal expiring in the summer. So, the recent news will be a great surprise to the Celtic faithful, and maybe even Ange Postecoglou who both could have expected him to seek a move elsewhere, or even stay at Benfica.
Celtic look to have wrapped up the SPFL title as they sit six points clear with three games left to play, so Champions League qualification looks to be in the bag, which could have been a huge deciding factor in Jota’s decision to stay at the club.