Nakamura reiterates commitment to Celtic

August 29, 2007

Shunsuke Nakamura has reiterated his commitment to Celtic by insisting he has unfinished business with the Scottish champions.

The Japan international, 29, was linked with a move away from Parkhead over the summer, amid suggestions of a £1million get-out clause in his contract.

Those claims were dismissed by club chiefs and Nakamura insists he is fully focused on the challenges ahead now that speculation over his future has ended for now.

He said: 'Judging by the stories in the newspapers, it looks as though a few clubs were interested in making offers for me.

'But I wasn't thinking of moving from Celtic because I feel I still have things to achieve at this club.

'I was really disappointed when we lost against AC Milan in the Champions League last season and I want to be there again.

'I wanted to be a Celtic player this season.'

Celtic are hoping to join Rangers in the lucrative group stages of the Champions League when they host Spartak Moscow tonight in the final round of qualifying, boosted by a 1-1 draw from the first leg in Russia.

And, as well as further success on the European stage, Nakamura is also seeking to add to his medal haul this season.

He told the Celtic View: 'When I signed for Celtic in 2005, I didn't look too far ahead.

'I was just concentrating on being part of the squad and trying to play as many games as possible. That was the main aim.

'But two years later, I am still here and it's been a great experience.

'I have won four trophies, personal awards and I am playing for a world-famous club.

'It's been a good time in my career but hopefully there is more to come.'