Kyogo breaks Celtic transfer silence as Urawa Red Diamonds told hurdle that mega-money offer CAN'T clear

Celtic's Kyogo Furuhashi
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Celtic striker Kyogo Furushashi insists his focus remains on Europe as he appeared to shut down the possibility of a move to Urawa Red Diamonds this summer.

The hitman is a firm fan favourite of the Hoops having enjoyed a trophy-laden spell at Celtic Park since being brought to the Scottish Premiership by Ange Postecoglou back in 2021 - and continued to impress in the Brendan Rodgers while helping secure the domestic double. However, Urawa have reportedly made the 29-year-old their top target this season as the cash-rich J-League side look to revamp their squad for a title challenge.

Reports suggest that the club are willing to break the current transfer record in Japan to seal a deal - which currently stands at £10million - to snap up a player who is contracted to Celtic until 2027. But on his return to Japan while on a visit former club FC Gifu - the Japanese third tier club where he started his professional career - Kyogo insisted that he wanted to remain overseas for as long as possible.

Speaking to Gifu-NP, Kyogo was quizzed on a potential return to his former club one day. He responded: "Honestly, I'm not sure what my future holds. But I want to work hard overseas for as long as I can, and if I can come back someday, I'd like to come back to Japan and play in front of you all."

The frontman insisted his focus was on earning call-up for Japan's World Cup squad, adding: "It's not just me, but all soccer players have the national team as their number one goal. I want to keep scoring goals wherever I am so that I don't lose to those players. I think that beyond that, the Japanese national team and the World Cup are waiting for me. I want to cherish what is in front of me."

Kyogo was then pressed on his season at Celtic - which saw him claim the third title since arriving in Glasgow's east end. He believes that Joe Hart's retirement was a key factor in uniting the Parkhead dressing room during the run-in.

He said: "We lost the first game of the first cup competition (League Cup), but in the end we were able to win two titles (Premiership and Scottish Cup). It was the year that Joe Hart was retiring, and we all came together at the very end and put in a good fight, so we were able to send him off on a good note."