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BERSANT CELINA RETURNS

31 August 2021

Cult hero becomes 18th summer addition

Town have signed Bersant Celina on a season-long loan from French side Dijon, pending international clearance.

The exciting wide man, who was a fans’ favourite during a season-long loan spell at the Club in the 2017/18 campaign, has become the 18th signing of the summer transfer window.

Bersant turned professional at Manchester City, making his debut in a 3-0 FA Cup win at Norwich in January 2016.

He made three further appearances for City that year, including in the Premier League against Leicester.

Bersant got more game time under his belt in the following season, which he spent on loan at Dutch side FC Twente.

Of course, Town supporters will know the now 24-year-old best from the following campaign, when he established his cult hero status at Portman Road.

Bersant made 38 appearances for Town that term, scoring eight goals.

Among those strikes was a 90th minute free-kick winner at Burton and a spectacular long-range effort at home to Leeds.

The wide midfielder joined Swansea City that summer, spending two years in South Wales and helping them reach the 2019/20 Championship play-off final.

He departed the Swans that summer and spent last campaign playing in the top division of French football, Ligue 1, with Dijon.

Away from club football, Bersant represents Kosovo at senior international level.

"Bersant has been here before and his quality in the final third is a given," said Blues boss, Paul Cook.

"Bersant’s quality is there for all to see and he doesn’t need a lot of explaining to Ipswich fans from me.

"He’s got really good technique, he’s got great pace and he’s an international footballer. We’re absolutely delighted that he has come back to Ipswich Town Football Club."

Town CEO, Mark Ashton, added: "We're delighted to finally be able to welcome Bersant back to Portman Road.

"He is a player that we have been pursuing since the beginning of the transfer window.

"Our supporters will know about the quality that Bersant brings and we cannot wait to see him back in the Town colours very soon."

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