As reported by Sport1, Christopher Julian is still stuck at Scottish Premiership champions Celtic after Bundesliga newcomer Schalke fell in the eleventh hour.
A few weeks ago, one of the most expensive acquisitions in Celtic’s long history admitted he was open to the idea of a fresh start after collecting dust on the edge of Parkhead.
Julian played just 16 minutes of football throughout 2021/22. This was despite the defender’s insistence that he is ‘100 per cent’ fit since the end of the year.
“Sometimes (Ange Postecoglu) doesn’t take my name on the bench because he likes to have a midfielder who can play in central defence,” Julian told Gol. “I am dissatisfied with my playing time this season. It is disturbing.
“I still have a year of contract here. I want to continue but my priority is to stay on the pitch. In my position and with the timing of this game, that’s not possible.
“If the circumstances do not change, it is certain that, on my part, the door will be open to continue my career at a club elsewhere where the coach will be happy to rely on my qualities.”
Christopher Julian’s Schalke move collapses with Celtic future uncertain
Julian was seen looking for such a club this week. After winning the Bundesliga.2 title in May, Schalke was closing in on a move that would make him one of Europe’s great underachievers. Potentially to the tune of just £1.5 million (Scottish Sun).
fabrizio romano Even claimed the deal was ‘done’.
But it appears to be one of those rare occasions where the all-seeing, omniscient Romano was ever so slightly wide.
According to Sport1, Julian will not swap Glasgow for Gelsenkirchen. His transfer has fallen through after Schalke director Reuven Schröder failed to agree a contract with the Frenchman’s advisers.
It also comes after Julian – who missed 12 months of football last year due to a serious knee injury – had a medical test in Germany. A major obstacle appears to be clear.
At least, in Lorient and Rennes, Julian still has two more fans in France.
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