Deila urges Guidetti to make Celtic move permanent
The Manchester City loanee has found first-team opportunities difficult to come by at the Etihad Stadium but is rediscovering his best form with the Scottish champions
Celtic manager Ronny Deila has urged striker John Guidetti to make his loan move from Manchester City permanent rather than returning to the Premier League.
Guidetti has scored eight goals in as many games in all competitions since joining Deila’s team on loan from the English champions, including a hat-trick in this week’s 6-0 thrashing of Partick Thistle in the Scottish League Cup.
The Norwegian coach has conceded money will play a part in any permanent deal for Guidetti but insists the young Swedish striker would regret leaving Parkhead for a middle of the road club in England’s top flight.
“Celtic, if you take away the money, is still one of the biggest clubs in the world,” Deila said. “If you come here you have everything. You have stadium, supporters, fantastic pitches, good staff, history, and you have European football.
“Here you have what you need to get to your potential.”
Guidetti enjoyed a hugely successful season on loan at Feyenoord in 2011-12 but has since struggled to make an impact at City and failed to earn a place in the Stoke team during a loan spell at the Britannia Stadium.
Deila hopes the way he has rediscovered his best form in Glasgow will convince the 22-year-old to make his switch permanent at the end of the season, though he will likely have to take a pay cut if any move is to materialise.
“It’s important that he is performing well here and that he feels loved and wanted,” he added. “To play at Celtic when that happens, you can’t be in a better place.
“I’ve said to John that he needs stability to play. He is a very good football player and he has started very well for us. He has a lot of potential and he still has a long way to go.
“He is enjoying every minute here and he is wanted here. He is also loved here. It’s also important that he is not just giving something to us but we are giving something to him.
“I think he sees that he is performing well now because the team are performing too. Those things are important when young players are picking the next stage of their career and the next club.
“Money is always a key factor. We will see what happens but everyone has to know we really want John to stay.
“I’ve talked with him and he loves being here. He loves the club and we need to do everything we can now to make his move a permanent one.”