Lille Ace Mehmet Zeki Celik Reveals ‘Giant’ Clubs Have Been Scouting Him

Lille's Turkish defender Zeki Celik (L) fights for the ball with Bordeaux's French defender Maxime Poundje during the French L1 football match between Lille OSC (LOSC) and Bordeaux at the Pierre-Mauroy Stadium in Villeneuve d'Ascq, near Lille, northern France, on May 12, 2019. (Photo by DENIS CHARLET / AFP) (Photo credit should read DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images)

Lille fullback Mehmet Zeki Celik has revealed that several ‘giant’ clubs have been scouting him this season.

Celik moved to Lille on a €2.5m transfer from Istanbulspor [Transfermarkt] but managed to settle in remarkably well and establish himself as a first-team star.

“Giant clubs have been scouting me closely this season. Of course, it is exciting but there has been no formal offers and I am happy here,” Celik told Yakup Cinar in his interview published in the Fanatik newspaper.

“I feel that I am at a very important club and want to achieve more.”

Cardiff City had an offer for Celik rejected over the winter transfer window a source close to the player revealed to Turkish-Football.

Lille are under no pressure to sell the Turkey international as he has another three years left on his contract.

The 22-year-old provided five assists and one goal in 34 appearances for the Ligue 1 side in his debut season.

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Lille ended up finishing the league campaign as runners-up and booking a place in the Champions League as a result.

Celik has also been in impressive form for the Turkey national side and scored a brace in the 2-0 victory over Uzbekistan in Alanya on Sunday.

The highly-rated right-back is likely to start for the national team against France in the 2020 Euro Championship qualifier in Konya on 8 June.