Mohamed
Elyounoussi agrees to extend Celtic stay
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Southampton's Norwegian winger Mohamed Elyounoussi will remain with Scottish champions Celtic next season after agreeing to a one-year extension to his loan deal.

The 25-year-old endured a 2019/20 campaign full of injury interruptions, seven goals and six assists in 20 appearances in all competitions.

Elyounoussi: I can do more

And Elyounoussi believes he can extend on a positive season next time around with a more consistent run of health and minutes on the pitch.

I think I can do more than what I did last season. The injury stopped everything but I'll try to do even more this year,” he told Celtic TV.  

The Norwegian failed to register a goal or an assist in his debut campaign in the Premier League in 2019/20, playing 16 times.

A temporary move to Glasgow beckoned, and with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men now with new found consistency and belief coming out of lockdown, Elyounoussi jumped at the chance to remain at Celtic Park.

He admitted that he received “a lot of positive messages” from the Hoops faithful after the league’s abrupt conclusion, further strengthening his desire to continue working with Neil Lennon.

Celtic's ruthlessness remains

After being named Scottish champions on points per game average, Celtic clinched their ninth title in a row, but Elyounoussi insists there are no signs of complacency amongst the squad and in fact, they are hungrier than ever to taste success again next season.

“We've been training well in the break, and it's been good coming back. We're looking forward to the season ahead,” he said.

"The winning mentality is still there. Even if it's just a passing drill, games in training. Everyone wants to win all the time and that's going to help us achieve our goals."

The Scottish Premiership season is set to begin on August 1 for the 2020/21 season, with teams returning to contact training in the last couple of days.

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