Former Celtic winger Jota played football and enjoyed a few pints with a group of fans after he was unknowingly asked if he liked a game of Newcastle supporter.
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It’s always frustrating when you tend to a a game of football and cannot receive the numbers.
Newcastle fan Matty O’Neill and his teammates had that exact problem on Sunday … but luckily there was Scottish Premiership winner on hand to help. Iama Celtic Winger Jota joined in to give the group of fans a game they will remember for a long time.
The remarkable story took place while O’Neill and his companions were on vacation. They needed a few extra players for their game and unknowingly asked Jota and “a professional playing in Cyprus” if they would like to join. They said yes and even agreed to stay for a peak later.
“It simply came to our notice then [sic]”tweeted O’Neill.” So needed players asked for two boys who were there to play … there was Jota from Celtic and some professional playing in Cyprus.
“We played then kicked for 2 hours after and then had a few pints with the boys talking clean football. Best guys.”
Jota, 23, recently completed a season-long loan spell at Parkhead. He joined Celtic on loan from Benfica last July, helping them win the Scottish Premiership and the Scottish League Cup this season. He scored 13 goals and provided 14 assists during his time in Glasgow.
The Portuguese ace was named in the PFA Scotland Team of the Year for his efforts and won three Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) Player of the Month awards during his time at Celtic – a remarkable achievement on any level of football.
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Jota has not played for Benfica for two years – spending the 2020-21 season on loan at Spanish team Real Valladolid – and there is speculation that he could return to Parkhead. According to The NationalCeltic have agreed a permanent deal with Benfica.
Personal terms are believed to be an issue, however Celtic fans will feel more confident after seeing the pictures of Jota playing football with O’Neill and his friends. The winger wore a Celtic shirt during the game, demonstrating his love for the Scottish champions.
“We are in discussions with them obviously and as I have always said, with these things there is never a simple process,” said Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou when asked if the club would sign Jota or fellow lender Cameron Carter-Vickers permanently. .
“But both have had incredible years for us and have been outstanding contributors and both are really happy here. Our intention is to try to keep them at our football club, but these things need a point where all parties agree. I hope we reach that. point, but at this point we’re not quite there yet. “
When asked if he was thinking about his future in April, Jota told reporters, “No, it’s not a chance. I think I’m just enjoying day after day. It’s been a great season for me, so I’m just enjoying getting to know the people around me. Be a better person and a better football player.
“I learn every day with really good quality people, so I do that. I’m not talking about that. [future]. I just want to enjoy it and donate everything for this shirt. Let me play football and enjoy it. “