Brown happy with Celtic stay

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Scott Brown aims to finish his career at Celtic Park after choosing the prospect of winning trophies in Scotland over a move to England.

The Celtic captain signed a new contract on Saturday following a lengthy delay in finalising the deal, which sparked a flurry of speculation over his future. Brown had been linked with a move to Newcastle under freedom of contract at the end of the season.

But the Scotland midfielder revealed he had agreed personal terms with chief executive Peter Lawwell several months ago. The 26-year-old said: "When I spoke to Peter a couple of weeks ago, he was saying the same thing, he would like me to stay."

He added: "I would be glad to stay. It's a great club, it's a good place to play your football as well, in front of 60,000 fans. Who wouldn't want to stay here?

"We've got a great training ground, we've got a great manager and great players as well, so it's the club for me."

Brown revealed there was no contact from other clubs and he was not tempted to aim for a move to the Barclays Premier League.

"I enjoy playing here. I'm going to win cups and trophies here," added Brown, who joined Celtic in a £4.4million deal from Hibernian in 2007.

"If you go down to England, you might not get that, you might not get the winning mentality that you have here. I enjoy winning and that's why I signed for Celtic."

Brown was unmoved by suggestions his preference to stay at Celtic ahead of the Barclays Premier League could be seen as a lack of ambition.

He added: "You can't rule anything out really. It's a great league but if I go there, you really need to go to one of the top teams to win trophies. The way I see it at Celtic, I'm winning week in, week out and we've got a great chance of winning trophies every season."

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