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Tuesday, 19 June, 2001, 10:30 GMT 11:30 UK
Vega set to quit Celtic
Ramon Vega enjoyed a successful six months at Celtic
Ramon Vega enjoyed a successful six months at Celtic
Ramon Vega will announce where his future lies on Wednesday according to his agent Phil Spencer.

Vega said on Tuesday that he would be leaving Celtic after being offered a one-year deal he felt was unacceptable.

On Tuesday evening, Spencer said: "We already have a very good idea where he is going to play next season.

"We have spoken and we know roughly what we're going to be doing, but I don't think it's right we should make an announcement through the press.

English interest

"He'll be back tomorrow (Wednesday) and we'll be speaking to all the interested parties about his decision.

"I would certainly think that by late afternoon we hope to speak to all the parties concerned and I'd like to think that before the end of the week he would have signed a contract with a club - be it here or abroad."

The Swiss defender had a successful spell in Glasgow after joining from Tottenham in mid-December, helping Celtic to a domestic treble.

Vega insisted he would like to stay at the club, but felt that, at 30, he could get a better deal elsewhere by exercising his Bosman option.

Watford are understood to have shown firm interest in the player while Leicester and Derby are monitoring the situation.

I have to weigh up which option is best and at the moment it is certainly not Celtic
Ramon Vega
"Have Celtic shown me they are as committed to me as I am to them? I don't think so," Vega told the Daily Record.

"I have to be sensible and look to the long term and that's why a one-year deal is unsatisfactory.

"Don't get me wrong, the last seven months have been fantastic, the best of my career, but I have to look to the future.

"The other clubs have offered me better options and longer term deals. I have to look beyond my football career and they have offered me the security I'm looking for. Celtic have not.

"This is going to be the last big move I will make so I have to make sure it is the right one.

"I have to weigh up which option is best and at the moment it is certainly not Celtic.

"I will be really sad to leave the club because I've had a fantastic time in Glasgow when Celtic won everything.

"They will always have a special place in my heart, but I can't afford to let sentiment cloud my judgement when making an important decision about my future."

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