F.C. Copenhagen have issued a response to Patryk Klimala’s claim that he turned down a move to the Danish side to join Celtic earlier this month.

According to the Daily Record, Klimala revealed Copenhagen had tabled a bid for him but he immediately decided to join Celtic as soon as he heard that the Hoops had also made an offer. 

It’s true there was a bid from Copenhagen on the table. But as soon as Celtic came in with their offer I wasn’t considering any of the other clubs. I’m looking forward to playing against Copenhagen in Europe now.

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However the report also quotes the Danish club as contradicting Klimala’s statement by denying any interest in the striker.

There were reports that we tried to buy Patryk Klimala. Normally, we do not comment on this, but in this case, FCK did not submit a bid to either club, the player or his agent.

Furthermore, Copenhagen boss Stale Solbakken has backed up this this statement.

We were linked and apparently had negotiations with a striker I had never heard of. We are not in a financial position where we can afford to spend money like that anyway. It was reported we were outbid, but we weren’t part of any bidding for him.

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The contrasting reports here certainly paint a confusing picture when it comes to whether Copenhagen were interested or not.

Given how club’s tend to avoid commenting on transfer rumours publicly, it does appear that they were genuinely not in talks with Klimala over a move in my opinion.

Either way, the main thing for Celtic is that they completed the £3.5million move for Klimala in the end.

And the 21-year-old appears to be excited by the prospect of facing Copenhagen in the Europa League last 32 next month, following his comments.

Do you think Copenhagen did make a move for Klimala?