Manager’s blunt response when asked about Chelsea’s interest in goalkeeper

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers insists Craig Gordon won't be sold to Chelsea in the January transfer window

Brendan Rodgers has reiterated that Celtic don’t want to sell Craig Gordon to Chelsea despite admitting that a move to Stamford Bridge would prove tempting for the goalkeeper.

The Scotland international has been in impressive form for the SPL leaders this season following the appointment of the former Liverpool and Swansea City coach as their new manager in the summer.

Chelsea are braced for the exit of second-choice goalkeeper Asmir Begovic as the Bosnia and Herzegovina shot stopper looks to secure regular first-team football.

The Premier League leaders have been linked with a move for the ex-Sunderland goalkeeper as Chelsea prepare to offer the Scottish champions three players as part of a deal for Gordon.

Speaking at his pre-match media conference on Thursday morning, Rodgers poured cold water on talk of Gordon moving to Chelsea in the January transfer window.

“If it is the case then of course we don’t want to sell him. I am not surprised. His contract is up at the end of the season but there is an option for the club,” Rodgers said.

“But it is not something we would consider really.

“I worked at Chelsea for four and bit years. It is a difficult decision for a player especially if you are getting financial rewards at the end of it.”

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