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O'Neill slams Naka rumour
07 Jun 2007 - 11:11:32
Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has slammed speculation linking him with a raid on former club Celtic to sign Shunsuke Nakamura.
The former Bhoys boss has hit out at suggestions he was planning to move for the Japan international midfielder, who won the Scottish FA and football writers' player of the year awards last season.
"Speculation is part and parcel of football, especially at this time of year we all know that," he told the club's official website.
"I wouldn't normally respond to a specific rumour, but on this occasion I feel I have to.
"Neither myself, nor anybody else at the football club has shown any interest in this particular player, nor indeed anyone at Celtic Football Club.
"Let me tell you categorically, it is a load of complete tosh. I have not been near Celtic for the player and I won't be.
"I think people in the media simply guess about which type of player this manager or that manager wants and, in my case, make the connection with Celtic and comes up with fantasy. I'm really pretty fed up with it."
Nakamura has won two league and cup doubles in as many years following his transfer from Italian side Reggina in 2005.
In September 2006, he also became the first Japanese player to score in the Champions League after netting against Manchester United at Old Trafford.