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Belgian youngster Yasser El Ghanassy has confirmed Celtic were interested in his services, although he would prefer a move to France over Scotland.

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The SPL giants have been linked with Gent's 20-year-old forward, who is also attracting interest from around Europe.

However, with a possible move to France on the cards he has revealed moving to Scotland is very much his second choice option, but he wants to see out the season in Belgium at the very least.

El Ghanassy has his sights on UEFA Champions League football and is keen on a move to Lyon or Marseille, although for now he is simply focusing on Gent.

Serious

"Celtic's interest was serious," El Ghanassy told footmercato.net. "They wanted me in January, but my club do not want me to leave. Buy anyway, moving to Scotland is a secondary option and interests me much less than Ligue 1.

"Lyon and Marseille? What a dream. These are two French clubs who play regularly in the Champions League and it would be great for me if I get to go. If not, I'll redouble my efforts in training here.

"At the moment all that matters to me is to have a fine season with Gent. It's unlikely I'll leave my club this winter.

"We'll see in the next few months what offers my agent and manager receives. I'm currently with a well run club. I'm making progress so I have every intention to stay at least until the end of the season."