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Lennon places £25m price tag on Wanyama in contract row

NEIL LENNON has put a £25m valuation on Victor Wanyama after criticising the Kenyan's representative for revealing that the player has turned down the offer of a new contract from Celtic.

Having signed a four-year deal when he moved to Parkhead from Belgian side Beerschot for a reported £900,000 in 2011, the 21-year-old midfielder was recently offered new terms as a reward for his performances.

However, following Wanyama's impressive display against Barcelona at the Nou Camp, the player's agent informed Celtic that the contract offer fell short of his expectations.

Lennon, who believes Wanyama is good enough to play for Barca, retorted: "Victor has the world at is feet, but his feet are here.

"And, what's more, e won't be going anywhere unless we get an out-of-this-world offer and, even then, we don't have to sell him because he is on a long-term contract."


Ahead of today's Scottish Premier League clash with Kilmarnock at Parkhead, Lennon also hit back at former Barcelona star Bernd Schuster, who criticised Celtic for their tactics in the Nou Camp.

The former West Germany midfielder, who also played for and managed Real Madrid, accused the Scottish champions of being too negative and claimed that "there should not be teams like Celtic in the Champions League."

Lennon was both sarcastic and scathing with his retort. "It's just the ramblings of someone who has failed as a coach," he said.

"I don't take too much notice of Bernd Schuster, I am more into the thoughts of Gordon Strachan, Martin O'Neill and the Alex Fergusons of this world."

Irish Independent