Celtic defender Jeremie Frimpong has completed his permanent move from Celtic to German side Bayer Leverkusen.
Frimpong still had two-and-a-half years left on his Celtic contract after joining from Manchester City in 2019.
Celtic made the announcement in a tweet via its official handle on Wednesday: “We would like to thank Jeremie Frimpong for his contribution to the club and wish him all the best for his future career.“
Celtic boss Neil Lennon said Frimpong expressed a desire to leave the club “six or seven weeks ago“, revealing the Premiership champions had received a “really robust offer” for the right-back.
Lennon said: “The club has made strides to renegotiate with Jeremie and his representatives and that wasn’t the case. The player made it clear to me, to [head of football operations] Nick [Hammond] and the board that he wanted to leave.
“The club felt it was a good business, we do as well from a football side of things, and when a player makes it clear he would prefer to play his football somewhere else, we all agreed that was a decision we needed to take.
“Yeah, we are disappointed to lose him, but he’s come in for £300,000 and we could sell him for a huge amount of money.
Lennon also confirmed others had expressed a desire to leave Celtic, adding that he did not expect the club to sell any more players this window.
Speaking on the future of striker Odsonne Edouard, Lennon added: “We don’t want to sell him.
“There have been no bids for him, there’s been no speculation surrounding him. There’s been no interest in him at all, particularly in this window.”