Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard has explained how PSG superstar Edinson Cavani took him under his wing at the Paris club, whilst also discussing why he decided to shun other offers to become the Parkhead side’s main attacker.
The 20-year-old Frenchman signed for the Hoops last summer for a fee in the region of £9 million, which is by no means pocket change in the current climate of Scottish football.
The sizeable outlay made Edouard the Glasgow club’s all-time most expensive player but his 12 goals in all competitions so far this season suggests he’s coping OK with the duress of his team’s ambitions.
Speaking via the Sun, Edouard has revealed Uruguay hit-man Cavani imparted some important advice during his formative years with the cash-rich Ligue 1 side.
He explained: “When I was at PSG, Edinson Cavani gave me advice every day. Whether it was about my positional sense, my finishing, even my speed, he spoke to me a lot.
“This gave me a massive amount of belief in myself that a great striker like him took time out to speak to me.
“He basically was responsible for me being a striker and he gave me confidence.
“I was also there with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but he was different. I was a kid and that was it. He didn’t speak the same language as me so it was not easy to communicate.
“Occasionally, he gave me a few instructions through signs, but there wasn’t a lot of exchanges between us.
“It was stuffy at PSG. I needed to go on a new project. There were great players in my position. I was young and I had to go out and play football.
“I decided to leave and give new impetus to my career.
“So I chose Celtic because they are a big club who always play in Europe. I had a good chat with the manager.
“He told me about his projects and ambitions and spoke about what he wanted to do with me.
“I appreciated his words and it just felt like a good feeling with him. I immediately decided there and then I would sign.
“I needed a new challenge and you don’t refuse a club like Celtic.
“Brendan Rodgers is a very good coach. From day one, he spoke to me a lot and always encourages me. He is very experienced.
“He has made me a better player and I feel I am progressing very well under him.
“He’s an open coach who is very close with his players. I love his management style and the way he wants to play football.
“Brendan Rodgers coached someone like Luis Suarez and looked what he did with him. When a coach like him says he wants you to be his main striker, then you go straight away.
“I will give 200 per cent for him.”
To be fair, if you’re one of the best strikers in European football, like Cavani is, surely it’s only right that you impart a touch of wisdom on the youngster around you, eh?
And based on the 18 months or so that Edouard has been in Scottish football, has he done enough to show he’ll be a special player for Brendan Rodgers’ team?