Dunfermline boss: ‘It will be difficult to keep El Bakhtaoui’

first_imgHe has taken time to break through, as he was more accustomed to short-sided futsal games in his homeland, but is now blossoming in the League One winning Pars side.In recent weeks El Bakhtaoui has been linked with a number of clubs – including Rangers and Hibernian – but he says that he does not allow the speculation to affect him.He said: “I just don’t react – I keep concentrating on my football.“I am with Dunfermline just now so I will just keep going and working hard for the team.”Asked if he would welcome talks to extend his stay with the Fifers, El Bakhtaoui said: “Yeah, we will see what happens when the season is finished.“It’s been an unbelievable year for me and for the rest of the lads – we are all so happy to win the league.” “We know that it is going to be difficult, but we can only try our best.“It is amazing how much he has progressed over the last season.“That’s why we think it is important that he stays here for another year, has a real go at the Championship and then gets his big move from there.”The France-born striker signed for Dunfermline in 2012 when he was given a trial by former boss Jim Jefferies. Dunfermline boss Allan Johnston says it will be hard to keep star man Faissal El Bakhtaoui at the club this summer.But he has told the 23-year-old scoring sensation to remain at East End Park for a crack at the Championship – then earn his big money move.El Bakhtaoui hit the 30 goal mark with a header against Albion Rovers at the weekend but, along with the rest of the Pars squad, his deal runs out at the end of the season.Johnston told STV: “He’s a top player and obviously, as a club, we are trying our best to keep him.last_img

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