Maik Nawrocki: Celtic sign Polish defender on five-year deal | Transfer Centre News

Celtic have announced the signing of defender Maik Nawrocki from Legia Warsaw on a five-year deal.

The 22-year-old was a key player for Legia last season, making 31 appearances and helping them win the Polish Cup.

He was included in Poland’s provisional squad for last year’s World Cup in Qatar but didn’t make the 26-man cut.

Nawrocki’s arrival comes days after the Scottish champions announced the signings of South Korean duo Hyun-Jun Yang and Hyeok-Kyu Kwon, also on five-year deals.

Brendan Rodgers has also signed forward Mario Tilio from Melbourne City and Odin Thiago Holm from Valerenga, while Celtic have made fellow midfielder Tomoki Iwata a permanent signing after his loan from Yokohama F. Marinos.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers said: “It’s another very good signing for us and we’re delighted to have brought Maik to the club.

“He’s a very highly-rated young player and someone who we believe will be a great addition to the squad.

“He’s also a player I am very much aware of, having seen him play for Legia Warsaw in the Europa League and I know he was very keen to move to Celtic, so we’re looking forward to working with him.”

Nawrocki said: “It’s great for me to have joined Celtic and I’m looking forward to meeting up with my new team-mates and start training with them.

“Celtic are a famous club throughout the world and, of course, they’re very well-known in Poland, having had a number of Polish players in recent years, so I know just how big this club is and how incredible the supporters are, and I can’t wait to play in front of the fans and experience that for myself.”

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