Agent explains why €2.1m Kosovo defender snubbed Celtic in summer

Amir Rrahmani TEAMtalk

The agent of  Kosovo defender Amir Rrahmani has explained why his client signed for Hellas Verona rather than Celtic during the summer window.

Celtic, Standard Liege and Verona were all keen on the centre-back in the summer after a stand out season for Dinamo Zagreb.

The Hoops were looking for a replacement for Dedryck Boyata, but Italian side Hellas Verona sealed a €2.1m deal for the 25-year-old.

Rrahmani has fitted in well in Serie A and has started all seven league games for his new club and his agent has spoken about how the club’s manager Ivan Juric had a big part to play in the transfer.

“He had played in the Europa League and came from an already good level,” Adrian Aliaj told Calcio Hellas via Sport Witness.

“He is playing for the first time in Serie A and is doing very well. I am very happy as his agent, but so is the company and the coach.

“Honestly, I didn’t expect Hellas could do so well in this early part of the season, because he was coming from Serie B anyway. He did a very hard preparation with Juric, but already in the first few games he had shown that he had personality and could be dangerous on set pieces.




“I have known Amir for 4-5 years and I’m sure the Serie A for him is really the right championship. He is very happy because he plays in a difficult championship that will make him grow a lot. He feels like he is at home, he has set himself very quickly. We hope to continue like this.

“Juric was also important for me as an agent, because in the summer there were Standard Liege and Celtic, but seeing that he was on the bench of Hellas we decided with Amir to make this choice.”