Mjallby offers Samaras advice

Celtic assistant manager Johan Mjallby is not surprised Georgios Samaras is attracting interest, but has urged the striker to think carefully about leaving Parkhead.

Last Updated: 12/01/14 at 12:50 Post Comment

Georgios Samaras: Celtic striker has been linked with Atletico Madrid

Georgios Samaras: Celtic striker has been linked with Atletico Madrid

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Samaras is out of contract at the end of the season and has been offered the chance to stay with the Scottish champions.

However, Spanish title challengers Atletico Madrid have been linked with a move for the Greece international, who is currently weighing up his future.

Mjallby left Celtic for Levante during his own playing career and believes it will be difficult for Samaras if the 28-year-old joins a club not in contention for success.

"It was strange to leave a massive club like Celtic where the demands are so high," said Mjallby in the Sunday Mail.

"I loved that situation but then I signed for a club that was much smaller and without the same facilities or people looking after you. It was a wake-up call. It was a new culture, which you must accept, but in a way I regretted it.

"It could be difficult for Sami if he signs for a club which isn't competing for titles. He loves it at Celtic where he fights for trophies. It's what football is all about.

"He is well off financially anyway. When he finishes he can look at the prize cabinet and bank account.

"Sami is a laid-back guy but he's clever too. I hope that if he does leave Celtic he signs for someone where he has the chance to win trophies. You'd hope it was a club fighting for the title rather than fighting off relegation.

"Georgios has a great reputation in Europe and I'm not surprised a lot of clubs outside the UK are interested in him.

"He has been one of our best players in the last two years. He has been great in Europe while also playing very well for Greece.

"This is an important time for him. It might be his last big contract, or long-term deal anyway. He's back home in Greece and will give an answer soon."

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think that puts all doubts over Benteke's quality to bed. Can he do it after receiving the ball to feet, in the box, totally unmarked, on a warm, sunny afternoon in Swindon? Oh yes he can! This year is definitely Liverpool's year. YNWA.

rationalmanc
WATCH: Benteke's debut screamer

A

ll very well selling all midfield and strikers but unless we bring anyone in that is better than what we had then it will be a terrible transfer window in my view. Sorted out the defense but our midfield and striker options look very light.

bigo
Spurs Halfway To The Perfect Summer

L

ove it when Jose accuses others of being defensive, cynical and playing to win. If I was Wenger, I'd get that quote laminated and framed - surely the biggest compliment he's ever received from Mourinho. You've got him riled Arsene - you're relevant again!

suarez_blind
Jose rues pitch and weather after defeat

Footer 365

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has 'difficult questions'

Arsenal centre-half Per Mertesacker says manager Arsene Wenger has a lot of "difficult questions" to answer.

West Ham forward Enner Valencia ruled out for up to 12 weeks

West Ham forward Enner Valencia has been ruled out for up to 12 weeks with a leg injury.

Jordy Clasie says he'd have rejected move to Man United in order to join Southampton

Jordy Clasie claims he'd have rejected Man United to sign for Southampton - saying it's "better to start lower and finish higher".

Mail Box

There's A Lot Of Anger About TV...

...and how much you have to pay - largely for games you don't actually want to watch. Many of you are forced to go illegal. We also have mails on Chelsea, Angel di Maria and...

Not Just A Friendly. This Had Meaning...

Arsenal fans are very excited about beating Chelsea (don't remind them about last year), while there is criticism for BT and a football fan tired of being screwed by TV...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company