Manchester City set to hand surprising contract extension to defender

Dedryck Boyata could be set for a contract extension despite barely featuring for Manchester City this season.

 Dedryck Boyata has only played 55 minutes of Premier League football this season, but could be set for a contract extension that will see his wage more than double.

The Daily Mail reports that Manchester City are hoping to tie down the defender to help them meet the criteria set by Premier League. The rules state that in a squad of a maximum size of 25 there must be no more than 17 players over the age of 21 which are not home-grown. Therefore if a club wished to have a squad of 25 players there must be at least 8 home-grown players.

Manuel Pellegrini hasn't found much game time for the club's current home-grown players apart from Joe Hart and James Milner. Micah Richards, Joleon Lescott, and Jack Rodwell have all had to settle for a place on the bench at best for the majority of the season. It looks unlikely that they will still be at the club next season.

Despite having played for Belgium, Boyata is classed as a home-grown player having been at the club since 2006 when he was just 15. Roberto Mancini had more faith in Boyata than Pellegrini and in the 2010-2011 season he made 17 appearances for the club. Then followed loan spells at Bolton Wanderers and FC Twente, but he has since found himself way down the pecking order.

Vincent Kompany and Martin Demichelis have been the preferred choices in the centre of defence this season and they will no doubt look for extra reinforcements in the summer. Eliaquim Mangala was heavily linked with them in January and could well be a target again.

Boyata had been expected to leave in the summer in search of first-team football but City are now set to increase his wages from £15,000 a week to £35,000. Dedryck may now be tempted to stay at the club a bit longer. However it is unlikely he will get any more game time next season. The club seems to be paying Boyata more money just so they can meet their quota and it saves them searching for another home-grown player who could cost a lot of money.


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