Celtic will be capturing one of the most exciting talents in world football when they complete the £4 million capture of Olivier Ntcham, according to his former manager at Genoa.
The French playmaker is on the verge of completing a deal to move to Brendan Rodgers ‘ side and could become their marquee signing of the summer.
Ntcham spent the past two seasons on loan to Serie A side Genoa and he left a huge impression on experienced manager Andrea Mandorlini, who was in charge of the Stadio Luigi Ferraris outfit last term
And he was full of praise for the 21-year-old Manchester City midfielder.
Mandorlini said: “Olivier is only a young boy – he has incredible potential and it’s clear he will be a star.
“He has extraordinary talent.
“I have the highest regard for his talent. He’s had to work hard this season and there is a lot more to come from him.
“He is a kid who is very, very comfortable on the ball. He scored a really important goal for me last season against Bologna in injury time when he came on as a sub.
“He works hard and he is a happy person – he’s good to be around.
“I always feel when he plays well, the whole team plays well.
“Above all, he has shown a willingness to listen and improve. He has a big future in football if he keeps progressing.”
Ntcham moved to the Etihad Stadium club from Le Havre in a £1m deal as a 16-year-old in 2012.
He then signed a five-year deal in 2015, before being shipped out to Genoa on loan. Ntcham made over 40 appearances for Genoa, scoring three goals.
Now he’s set to add to Celtic ‘s squad for their title defence as they go for seven-in-a-row.
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