DIEGO LAXALT has turned down a three-year contract with Al-Hilal, the leader of the Saudi Arab League, because, according to a report, he sees his future in Europe.
This season, the AC Milan defender is on loan at Parkhead, with the Italian giants recently naming their price if Celtic wish to make the contract permanent.
Gianluca Di Marzio from Sky Sports Italia reports that Al-Hilal made a bid for the Uruguayan, offering a three-year full-back contract worth almost three million euros per year.
AC Milan wants to permanently sign Diego Laxalt, while Celtic is considering a move for the on-loan defender.
But Laxalt declined the bid – with Di Marzio saying that Celtic remained the focus of the left-back as he wants to stay in Europe.
“Diego Laxalt, who has been in Dubai for a few days along with the rest of his teammates, has landed in the crosshairs of Al-Hilal, a team that currently occupies first place in their championship,” the report reads.
No di #Laxalt al #AlHilal https://t.co/JI2RdQdpbxx no
– January 7, 2021 Gianluca Di Marzio (@DiMarzio)
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While waiting to talk to Milan, the club offered the player a three-year contract for just under €3 million per season. But the boy refused because he wanted to continue playing in Europe.
“In fact, his priority remains Celtic, where he plays continuously and is highly appreciated by the current technical staff.”