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  • Fasan's delight at penning new deal

    Fasan's delight at penning new deal

    By: Mark Henderson on 27 Aug, 2014 14:03

  • FOUR years of perseverance and patience came to fruition for Leo Fasan this month when the 20-year-old signed his first professional contract at Celtic.

    The Italian shot-stopper put pen to paper on a three-year deal with the club, rewarding his excellent progress in Paradise since his arrival on trial in 2010.

    He had to bide his time for all the necessary paperwork to be rubber-stamped, giving him a different status to the rest of his contemporaries. But it was worth the wait, and now the delighted young Celt is looking forward to the next chapter of his career at the Scottish champions.

    “It feels great,” he told the official website in an exclusive interview. “I have been working hard for the past four years and finally I’ve managed to get this professional contract so I am very happy.

    “Last season, I was always thinking about when it was going to get sorted. But now it has been done, I am more relaxed and can train and play better. It was just paperwork that needed finalised. Now everything is resolved so I am happy and can relax.

    “It was a bit strange as everyone else in the club was different. But it was something to push me to get the contract and it was maybe something I needed to push myself even harder.

    “I came on trial initially and Celtic offered me the chance to stay. My objective every year since then was to stay in the team and get better every year. Now I am in the first-team squad, I hope I can show the manager what I can do and play some games with the first team.”

    The established No.1 for the Under-20s last season, Fasan excelled as the young Celts made it five-in-a-row in the league, making several stunning saves at crucial points in the campaign.

    This impressive form earned him a place in the summer tour of Austria, where he featured for Ronny Deila’s side against FK Krasnodar, Rapid Vienna and LASK Linz, appearing assured and composed at this level.  

    And Fraser Forster’s subsequent departure to Southampton has pushed him further up the pecking order in Paradise. His next target is competitive action.

    “I was very happy at the chance to play in pre-season games,” he said. “I had a good time with the boys and hopefully I can get some game-time competitively and get on the bench.

    “I am getting closer. Every day I try my best to push myself further. It is harder as there is only one place in the team and you just have to work harder every day and show the manager your best.

    “When a new manager comes in, everything is new and you need to show him what you are capable of. It’s good that he put me in for the game in Austria, so I hope he can put in for more games in the league.”

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