Romano confirms Celtic plan to let the £7million man leave the club in a loan-to-buy deal

Fabrizio Romano reported that German Bundesliga club Schalke will sign Celtic defender Christopher Jullien on loan this summer. Jullien made only one appearance for the Hoops last year.

Jullien, 29, has had to watch from the touchline for most of the past two seasons through injury – a complete contrast to his debut season which saw him play 47 times. In 2020-21 he only managed 14 games.

He made an appearance under Ange Postecoglou last season and now Celtic are waving goodbye. He joins Bundesliga promoted team Schalke and is likely to replace Celtic goal Ko Itakura’s absence at centre-back.

It comes after reports suggested Jullien had interest from Schalke, Lorient and Rennes and could leave for just £1.5million. Romano says Jullien is undergoing a medical, it’s a “done deal” and he will sign a contract later on Wednesday.

Romano: Schalke want to sign Celtic defender Jullien

Jullien is easily good enough for the Bundesliga when he is at his best. But having played just one senior game in the last 12 months, a move to Schalke is a brilliant move for the Frenchman. His career needs to be reinvigorated.

Being able to do that in the German premier class will inspire the Celtic man. The Hoops are likely to be at a loss on the £7million they paid Toulouse for the high-profile defender in 2019. But they had to make a decision.

His contract at Celtic expires next summer and he was given either free or cash this summer. A loan-to-buy deal suggests Celtic may have an opportunity to trigger an extension.

(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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