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Celtic Get a Boost With Valencia Set to Offload High Profile Striker

Celtic Get a Boost With Valencia Set to Offload High Profile Striker

Celtic have got a boost for their Europa League clash with Valencia after the Spanish club confirmed they’re going to offload Michy Batshuayi.

The Hoops face the La Liga giants in the last 32 of the Europa League next month and will be in no doubt about how tough a test that will be.

Valencia may be sitting 12th in the Spanish top flight, but they’re now in the Europa League after finishing third in their Champions League group.

And their European pedigree goes without saying. Valencia have been one of Spain’s best teams in Europe over the last 25 years.

However, Celtic will be confident they can do something against the Mestalla side – and news on Batshuayi’s future should give them a boost too.

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The Chelsea striker has been on loan at Valencia since the summer and is due to remain there until the end of the season.

But boss Marcelino and club director Mateu Alemany have combined to confirm Batshuayi’s days at Valencia are numbered.

Following Valencia’s 2-1 defeat to Sporting Gijon at the weekend, Marcelino, per independent.co.uk, said: “I think we have to get in some strikers. I’ve clearly run out of patience with certain individuals.

“We could have gone in front in the first minute. It was the best opportunity I have seen us create for six months.

“If you can’t even get a shot in on target you are not fit to play in the Primera Liga for Valencia.”

Alemany then added: “We’re working on Batshuayi’s transfer.

“The players has known this for weeks. There are a few teams interested, we hope to complete the deal as soon as possible”.

So it looks unlikely that Batshuayi will be around when Celtic play Valencia in the first leg of their tie on February 14th.

He’s scored just two goals in 21 appearances since signing for Valencia so it’s no surprise they are prepared to send him back to Chelsea.

But that’s good news for Celtic, with one less quality striker to go up against.

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