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Zinedine Zidane believes Moussa Dembele is one of the best young strikers in the world

Sumedh Pande
Published 26 Oct 2016, 23:44 IST
26 Oct 2016, 23:44 IST
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 23:  Moussa Dembele of Celtic celebrates victory during the Betfred Cup Semi Final match between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on October 23, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Celtic’s Moussa Dembele has been in stunning form for the Bhoys

Moussa Dembele, the youngster from Celtic has taken the world by storm by his stunning performances for Brendan Rodgers' Celtic. He joined the Scottish giants from Skybet Championship club Fulham for just £500,000 and has quickly settled with his new teammates. Dembele's excellent run was seen by all the top clubs of Europe as all of them will try to sign the teenage sensation who has looked like a real deal with his every appearance for Celtic.

Dembele has found a new admirer in Zinedine Zidane as the Real Madrid boss has advised the youngster to stay at Celtic for two more years.

The Frenchman became his fan as he produced a sublime performance against Manchester City in the Champions League which ended in a 3-3 exciting draw. The 20-year-old scored a brace in that game whereas he scored four goals in two games against Celtic's bitter rivals Rangers. 

Zidane has said that if the youngster wants to reach the heights achieved by Cristiano Ronaldo and Raul, Dembele needs to stay put in Scotland to continue his progress.

The Real Madrid manager speaking on the youngster's abilities said, “Dembele is one of the most talked about young strikers in Europe at the moment, but it has not surprised me at all as I always saw that. He isn’t just scoring goals; he is scoring big goals, important goals like the one against Rangers. That to me is always the sign of a great player. I have played with the greatest strikers, Ronaldo, Henry, Raul, and you knew on the biggest occasions they would win you games, and Dembele is already showing that.”

On how the 20-year-old can develop into a world class forward, Zidane quipped, “I do understand now that the biggest clubs in Europe are being linked with him and that will be his destination eventually, but my advice now is 'ignore it all.' He can progress well at Celtic, at a great club who are in Europe, and under a very good coach. I know his time will come, but he needs to make good decisions and his next at least one or two seasons should be with Celtic.”

The 20-year-old has attracted interest from all of Europe's top clubs with Real Madrid being one of them as Zidane has been tracking the talented forward since his Fulham days. Real must be worried by their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo's form as the Portuguese has just scored two league goals in nine games for the European champions while scoring four in all competitions. Along with Real Madrid, Dembele has also been linked with Barcelona, Manchester United, and Arsenal.

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