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Celtic centre-back Dedryk Boyata has confirmed he has held talks with the Hoops over the possibility of extending his contract at the club and has stated that he is happy with life in the Scottish Premiership.

The 27-year-old has become a mainstay in the side since returning from a knee injury in September and has been the one main player in the Celtic rearguard to remain a permanent fixture with injuries plaguing Brendan Rodgers’ defence this season.

As quoted in The Daily Record, the defender said: “I am in talks and we are trying to find some sort of arrangement.

“I have been talking a lot with the manager and trying to find a solution.

“I don’t want to say yes and then nothing happens later but everything is just so positive.

“I am having a great time.”

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Boyata’s contract is due to end in 2019.

Football Insider verdict:

He is not one of Celtic fans’ favourite players as in terms of form, the defender has not been at his best this season. But based on the fact that Rodgers should hopefully have a more settled side for the 2018/19 campaign, and his own injury woes are a thing of the past, supporters should soon start to see Boyata’s potential materialise. But, assuming that they are not and he is one of those unfortunate players who is continually dogged by injuries, it might be worth using the summer to find a buyer for the former Manchester City player and cut their losses now or risk losing him for nothing next summer. Boyata is clearly happy with Celtic and along with the fact that there isn’t a great deal of strength in depth at Parkhead, we expect a new deal to be done and dusted in the coming weeks, most likely shortly after the Scottish Cup final.

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