Lennon keen to keep Stokes
Updated Friday, 13th July 2012
Celtic manager Neil Lennon insisted Friday he wants Republic of Ireland international Anthony Stokes to remain at Parkhead despite reports the striker is set for a move.
The 23-year-old has been at Celtic since 2010 but is out of contract next summer and Lennon hopes he can keep the former Arsenal youngster.
"I've not heard a thing about other clubs being interested. He had a great season last year," he told the Daily Express.
"He's still young - still only 23 - even though he's been around the British game for what seems a lot longer.
"There is scope for him to improve. He's a goalscorer and I wouldn't be in too big a hurry to let him go."
But Lennon was also realistic about the prospect of selling Stokes if a new deal could not be arranged so the forward does not leave for free in 12 months' time.
"He's in the last year of his contract and that's something we'll be looking at over the next few weeks once we get back and talk things through," he said.
"Every player has his price and Anthony would be no different in that regard. But 21 goals last year speaks for itself."
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