CELTIC TRANSFER UPDATE: JOTA WARNING, SOUZA GREEN LIGHT, STRIKER IS A FRENCH TARGET, CITY KID JOINS BURNLEY

FILIPE JOTA warned his opponents that the best is yet to come.

The flamboyant winger shredded the backguards during his loan spell at Celtic as he scored 13 goals in all competitions and was involved in plenty of assists.

Ange Postecoglou decided to make the change permanent as Jota agreed a five-year deal yesterday and Benfica agreed a £6.5million fee with a whopping 30% sale slotted into the contract.

The entertaining 23-year-old Broad Bhoy became the champions’ fourth signing in a turbulent three-week period which also saw Cameron Carter-Vickers arrive in a £6m move from Spurs after his transfer convincing temporary in Glasgow, the Swiss goalkeeper Benji Siegrist. free after his four years at Dundee United and left-back Alexandro Bernabei a £3.75million purchase from Argentine top-flight club Lanus.

More are likely to follow before the Premiership campaign begins with a Flag Day encounter with Aberdeen at Parkhead on Sunday July 31.

Brazilian midfielder Vinicius Souza and Moroccan international striker Ryan Mmaee have also been mentioned in recent weeks as possible on Postecoglou’s wanted list.

Jota, however, will be with his teammates when they fly out for their 10-day training camp in Austria on Monday and, immediately after agreeing to the move, said: “The experience I’ve had over the year last was amazing, so it was an easy choice to make.

“I wanted to stay. It was only natural over the weeks and months. I had a few experiences in the past that weren’t so good. When I first came on loan it was just another experience.

“You walk into a club not knowing what’s going to happen in the future. It can be the worst experience of your life or the best.

“So I never thought I would definitely stay here because you can’t guess what’s in the future.

“But, throughout the season, I just said to myself: ‘Okay, I feel good, I feel at home, this is the right place to evolve. So let’s do it’.

“I can promise that I will fight every day to honor the colors of the club.

“Every day I will fight to be a better person and a better player because I want to achieve a lot of things.”

Jota, speaking to The Daily Record, continued: “I think there’s a lot more to do to develop. I know a place I can reach, but I’m still far from it. So I have to continue to keep my feet on the ground, be humble and work hard.

“It was a very good last season, but I’m not happy with just one. I want more and more and more and more.

“Imagine a football player not developing? This is the wrong mentality.

“You have to go to the training ground every day like, ‘Today I will be better than yesterday’.

“That’s my mentality. I know I can improve in many aspects of the game. I’m excited to see what I can achieve. I’m looking forward to developing more and for the team to conquer more things .

Jota’s full-time move to the champions means his long-term relationship with the Lisbon giants has come to an end.

The winger added: “To be honest, it’s quite a nostalgic moment for me because I spent 15 years there.

“It’s like a child leaving home, leaving his parents. I guess it’s like Tierney going to Arsenal. It’s the same for me. So I’m nostalgic because I really like Benfica.

“My story with them will continue. I will not say goodbye because I know that one day I will return.

“But I’m more than happy to join Celtic. That’s what I really wanted.

Meanwhile, South American enforcer Souza faces a straight choice between the Hoops and Fenerbahce, according to reports in Turkish outlet Sporx.

The player’s Belgian club SC Lommel seem to have resigned themselves to losing their hottest property.

They slapped a price tag of £7.8million for the 23-year-old’s header, but it’s been claimed they could reluctantly agree to something in the region of £4.3million.

Fenerbahce had an initial approach pushed back and could look elsewhere, which would clear the way for Celtic if they want to pursue Souza as they search for another defensive midfielder after allowing Nir Bitton to leave late in the game. season. The Israeli international, 30, has just signed a two-year contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Meanwhile, 24-year-old Ferencvaros hitman Mmaee has emerged as a potential target for French club Lens who are set to land a £22m windfall by selling Cheick Doucoure to Crystal Palace.

As Parkhead’s exit nears, 29-year-old Christopher Jullien continues to be linked with a move to Schalke in the Bundesliga, despite talks breaking down during the week.

It looks like the German side is ready to come back to the table to resuscitate the deal.

Manchester City substitute centre-half Taylor Harwood-Bellis, who had been linked with the Hoops in some quarters, is on his way to Burnley on loan to join new Turf Moor side manager Vincent Company, the former captain of the Etihad club.

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