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Celtic secure deal to take exciting Man City midfielder on two-year loan

The 19-year-old Australian only signed for the Premier League champions after impressing at this summer’s World Cup.

Arzani with the Hoops shirt.
Arzani with the Hoops shirt.
Image: Twitter/CelticFC

CELTIC HAVE ANNOUNCED the arrival of Australian international Daniel Arzani on a two-year loan.

The 19-year-old joined Manchester City from sister club Melbourne City earlier this month, but he will be immediately farmed out to the Scottish champions to gain experience.

Arzani is regarded as the hottest young talent to come out of Australian football in years, and impressed for the Socceroos during this summer’s World Cup in Russia — making cameos in all three Group C matches.

The teenager will be a welcome boost as Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers has been unhappy with the lack of signings made this summer. Celtic were knocked out of the Champions League qualifiers by Greek side AEK Athens on Tuesday.

Man City winger Patrick Roberts similarly spent two seasons with the Glasgow giants, but he joined Spanish club Girona on loan yesterday.

“Celtic is a massive club with a great history and one of the best followings in the world, so I’m looking forward to getting started,” said Arzani.

“The idea was put to me to come to Celtic and work with Brendan Rodgers, and it was something I was very interested in doing, and when it became a reality, I was very excited.

I’ve had a couple of chats with the manager, more about when I’m coming and when I’ll get started, but I’ll have more chats with him after I settle into the club. But, for me, it’s about coming here, doing the best that I can and helping the club as much as possible.”

Australia v Peru - FIFA World Cup 2018 - Group C - Fisht Stadium Arzani in action against Peru at the World Cup. Source: AAP/PA Images

Arzani is the second Australian on Celtic’s books, and revealed that he spoke to international team-mate Tom Rogic before making the switch.

“I gave Tom a call and had a chat with him about the club and everything was positive,” he added. “Basically he said to me that if it wasn’t so good, he wouldn’t have signed an extension to stay at Celtic Park. Apparently, playing in front of the Celtic fans is absolutely amazing and I’m really excited about that.

“All of Celtic’s home games look absolutely amazing. The scenes at the game are unbelievable, and I love it when the crowd gets behind me. I’m an attacking player. I love to take players on and hopefully I can bring some of that to the team.”

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