Defender in talks to agree terms with Celtic - confirmed
By Richard Parks
Dedryck Boyata has revealed he is in talks with Celtic over a contract extension – but admitted he could still quit the club.
The Belgium international, 27, admitted his future at Parkhead is far from certain and he refused to offer assurances that he will stay in Glasgow.
Boyata, 27, who joined from Manchester City in 2015, is out of contract at Celtic in the summer of 2019.
Asked if would like to remain at Celtic, he said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun: “We will see. I’m not in a rush. Of course, being there, it’s good. But I don’t know what is going to happen in the future.
“It doesn’t really depend on them or even me, we will just see what happens.
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“At the moment, we are still talking about it. For the moment I am a Celtic player and I love Celtic. It’s a great team, I love to be there. Whatever happens next, we will see.
“But for the moment I cannot really say anything about it.”
Football Insider verdict:
Celtic fans who have watched some of Boyata’s error-strewn displays this season will wonder whether he is worth the bother of a big-money new deal. Others might take a more realistic stance and point out that he has probably been their most reliable centre-back this season following the alarming struggles with form and fitness of Jozo Simunovic and Erik Sviatchenko. Boyata has made 94 Hoops appearances in three years but he has not quite developed into the rock-solid centre-back many had hoped. Virgil van Dijk, he is not. It is understandable why Celtic are not willing to push the boat out too far to get him tied to a new deal.
In other Celtic news, it has been revealed today that the Scottish champions have launched a bid to sign the a brilliant English Championship player who is out of contract this summer.