Gustaf Lagerbielke on Celtic transfer exit chances as Swede aware of interest from Italy and beyond

Gustaf Lagerbielke admits he is aware of interest in him in Italy as well as other countries.

The Celtic centre back is expected to be available for transfer this summer after coming so close to a switch to Serie A side Lecce in January. Italian chiefs later claimed his Hoops wages proved too much of a barrier but there was also the complication of Cameron Carter-Vickers picking up an injury and Celts needing cover.

It was reported yesterday that Lecce were ready to reignite their interest but also faced competition from Frosinone, recently relegated to Serie B. The Swede, 24, has been made aware of interest from Italy and further afield but at the moment it goes no further than that.

He told Fotbollskanalen in his homeland: “I know that there are a number of teams that are interested, but not much more than that. There are interested teams in Italy and also other leagues.

“It is difficult to say anything before something is ready. I have a contract with Celtic, but it’s no secret that I want to play.”

Lagerbielke has only played nine times since moving to Celtic Park from Elfsborg last year but insists he doesn't regret making the jump despite it not working out.

He added: “Very instructive. I have developed a lot and become a better player. I have brought a lot with me. I’m looking forward to the future and I think I’ll take a lot from Celtic to the next team I join.”