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Report reveals that player turned down Leeds United in favour of move to Celtic

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Mohamed Elyounoussi completed a loan move to Scottish giants Celtic over the summer, as he looks to find himself regular playing time with Neil Lennon’s side. 

Elyounoussi struggled for regular game time with Southampton, and it came as no surprise to see the winger head out on loan this season.

It has recently been reported by Norwegian media outlet VG, that both Leeds and Middlesbrough were also interested in signing the 25-year-old on loan before he moved to Celtic.

But the report claims that Elyounoussi turned down the opportunity to move to Leeds, although it doesn’t state as to why he didn’t want to link up with Marcelo Bielsa.

Plenty of the Elland Road faithful will feel as though Bielsa already has stronger options available to him in this year’s league campaign.

It certainly would have come as a surprise if he chose to join Leeds, as you have to feel as though the forward would be occupying a spot on the substitutes bench at best.

Elyounoussi will be hoping that he can get his career back on track this season, and could be in line to feature for Celtic when they’re next in action against Hamilton after the international break.

The Verdict: 

I think it’s a blessing in disguise that he turned down Leeds.

They really don’t need additional depth out wide this season, as Bielsa won’t be able to keep all of his squad happy with their current game time.

Elyounoussi won’t have been an upgrade on the likes of Pablo Hernandez or Jack Harrison in my opinion, so I don’t think they’ll be too disappointed to miss out on signing the Southampton winger on loan this season.

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