Report: Manchester City want to keep hold of Celtic loan defender

Manchester City want to keep hold Belgium under-21 international Jason Denayer

According to the Independent, Manchester City are keen to keep hold of Jason Denayer following on from the Scotsman newspaper’s report of the interest from Ajax in the Belgian centre half.

The 19-year-old, who is currently on loan with Scottish Premier League champions, is having an outstanding season and interest from other clubs around Europe can come as no surprise, especially given the talent standing in his way of getting game time at the Etihad.

Last season, while plying his trade for the City academy, the youngster played in all but one of the club’s U21 Premier League games and was key in helping the side reach the quarter-finals of the UEFA Youth League.

However, until he went out on loan to Celtic, he never looked to be considered a first-team player – although, with the plethora of defensive talent in the squad, it’s no surprise.

When asked about his future, as quoted in the Scotsman, the 19-year-old seemed non-committal, focused and just pointed to the end of the season.

‘’I need to wait until the end of the season and see what happens,’’ said Denayer.

‘’I must concentrate on the matches just now. There are a lot of things in my head at the moment, and I just need to concentrate on playing games.

‘’The club has said I am doing well here, but the objective in the Premier League for Manchester City is different, and is at a much higher level.’’

The report, if to be believed, will be a huge boost for Denayer’s ambitions going into next season, and likely warn off any suitors that may have been looking at snapping him up permanently at the end of his loan spell at Celtic.

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