Brendan Rodgers confirms Chelsea want to make this player first January signing

The Celtic manager speaks out about Chelsea's interest in goalkeeper Craig Gordon

Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Chelsea want to sign Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon.

The Blues are looking to sign a new shot stopper to provide cover for current number one Thibaut Courtois as Chelsea back-up Asmir Begovic seeks a move away from Stamford Bridge before the close of the January transfer window.

Gordon has been a key part of Celtic’s title bid this season and the Scotland international has only conceded 11 goals in 19 appearances in the SPL this term.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is thought to want the 34-year-old to provide cover for Courtois, who has kept 13 shutouts in 22 games in the Premier League.

Speaking to Daily Record about Chelsea’s interest in Gordon, Rodgers said:

“He is a player that, with all due respect, when myself and my staff came in here he was a far cry away from what he is now as a goalkeeper. He has gone away and worked on how we want him to play and has got himself into the team and has been absolutely brilliant, first class. Chelsea have an interest in him but for any interest to be activated there has to be a valuation of the player that has to be met,” Rodgers is quoted as saying by Daily Record.

“We don’t want to sell him of course but if there’s any way that would make Celtic think then there has to be an offer that would allow us to do that as a club. And what came in was nowhere near that level. There’s nothing we have got from Chelsea that would make us think in any way we would want to lose a goalkeeper. He is a goalkeeper I really want to keep here. I have enjoyed seeing his progress and development.”

Chelsea are eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table ahead of their clash against bitter rivals Liverpool in their next fixture at Anfield on Tuesday night.

Conte’s men will host London neighbours Arsenal at Stamford Bridge next weekend as the west London side look to take a step closer to the Premier League title under their Italian manager.

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