Celtic collected 'very large' transfer fee for fan favourite but insider claims contract has been 'disastrous'

The Celtic hero left Parkhead for a handsome fee last summer but it's not worked out well.
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Jota's Al Ittihad contract has proven to be woeful for the Saudi Pro League club, as the Celtic hero's frustration continues.

The Hoops were reported to have landed in the region of £25m for the winger last summer. Jota joined on loan from Benfica under Ange Postecoglou before one permanent season in Hoops, winning five trophies while at Parkhead. He netted 28 goals with 26 assists in 83 games.

He opted for a big money move to the Middle-East but ever since he got there, he has been linked with moves away. West Ham were prominently linked in the January transfer window but it was too complicated a deal to get over the line.

Jota has not been registered on the local list for action in the Saudi Pro League, with the AFC Champions League the only way for him to play competitive game. According to Shooot's Ali Al-Anzi, Al Ittihad have some regrets after taking up then-boss Nuno Espirito Santo on his request to land the winger from Celtic, and it's left them with a dilemma on their hands.

He said: “The contract with Jota was surprising, especially since he was a star in the Scottish League with Celtic. He came with a very large sum at the request of the Portuguese coach, Nuno Santo.

"But it is strange because Jota does not participate for more than half a season, or perhaps a full season. I see that Al-Ittihad’s contract with Jota was a disastrous and major administrative error. But with the financial sustainability law, I think every club will think carefully before concluding any deal."