Jozo Simunovic insists he is fully concentrated on his future with Celtic after his deadline-day transfer to Italian side Torino fell through.
Prevalent reports claimed that the Croatia international that has been plagued by injury since he arrived at Celtic last summer failed a medical with the Italian Serie A club.
The 22-year-old has however taken to social media to shed light on the rumour and put the record straight, claiming lack of agreement between the two clubs over transfer terms scuttled the move.
Celtic was keen to have Simunovic offloaded to Italy on a permanent contract, but it is believed Torino was looking for an initial loan switch with the option of signing him on a permanent basis if he impresses.
Posting on his Twitter account, the former Dinamo Zagreb central defender said:
“A lot has been said in the last few days. I prefer to talk on the field but this time I want to say something to the Celtic fans that have always supported me, and as a player that means a lot to me.
Simunovic posted that behind him is a turbulent period, starting from the time he spent injured until the transfer situation to Turin. He declared that the rumour going round that he failed medical is untrue.
The central defender enthused that the most important thing is that his head is in Celtic and he is 100% focused on the pitch despite the challenges that lie ahead of him. He said “I am fit, I train with the team and of course the coach decides when I will start to play.”
He further stated that he could guarantee the Iberians one thing, and that is his maximum effort to ensure Celtic maintains the momentum this season. Various injuries have restricted Simunovic to just 18 appearances in all competitions since he joined the Scottish champions in September 2015.