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Napoli defender Amir Rrahmani has revealed how Scottish champions Celtic tried and failed to sign him earlier in the summer. The Kosovan centre back told Italian media portal II Martino that the Scottish Premier League giants wanted to sign him before he left Hellas Verona for Napoli.

Serie A giants Napoli paid £12.6m to sign the 26-year-old defender in January before being loaned back to Hellas Verona for the remainder of last season. He became a Verona player following his £1.89m transfer from Dinamo Zagreb of Croatia. His performances for Hellas Verona prompted the princely move to Napoli.

Amir Rrahmani rejected offers from the duo of Celtic and Belgian side Standard Liege before signing for Napoli. This was confirmed by the player himself during the course of the interview mentioned above. He has now turned down a transfer to Celtic on two occasions as his agent had earlier told reporters that the Scottish champions were interested in Rrahmani before his transfer from Dinamo Zagreb to Hellas Verona last year.
On his lack of action at Napoli, the defender said that he's still in the plans of manager Gennaro Gattuso. According to him, he was signed as the long-term replacement for Kalidou Koulibaly but the club were not able to sell the Senegalese international due to the lack of finances amongst European clubs as caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic. Amir Rrahmani is yet to play a single minute for Napoli this season.
Without Rrahmani, Gattuso and his players have started the new Italian Serie A season very well. Napoli have 14 points from the first seven matches played in the competition this term and they are in third position on the league table behind the duo of Sassuolo (15 points) and league leaders AC Milan (17 points) who are their next opponents when league football resumes next week.