Date: 26th June 2018 at 9:16am
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Celtic are hoping to agree a new contract with in-demand centre-back Dedryck Boyata, according to a report.

The Daily Record claims that the Hoops are trying to ward off interest from Lazio by offering the 27-year-old a bumper new deal to stay with the Scottish champions.

Despite reports in Italy linking Boyata with the Serie A side the Daily Record goes on to claim that there has been no contact between the clubs as yet.

Boyata is putting off any discussion about his future on the backburner until after the World Cup but the Hoops seem determined to keep him in Glasgow.

Football Insider verdict

Dedryck Boyata is a big favourite of Brendan Rodgers so it is no shock that the Hoops are determined to keep him at the club. It will be interesting to see what the Hoops support think about the situation, as the player has often made mistakes in big games, but despite this he has still be chosen more often than more for the first-team by the Hoops boss. The World Cup situation is also complicating things, as Boyata not been willing to discuss his future until after the tournament in Russia is over could perhaps be an indication that he is unsure what to do about his future. Anyway, as he only has one year left to run on his current contract the Hoops will have to move sharp to get a new deal done or the Belgian international could move on, as he can’t be allowed to leave for free at the end of the season. It’s either sign a new deal, or be sold.

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