Martin Demichelis contract extension at Manchester City could be good news for Celtic

The Argentine's new deal leaves Jason Denayer struggling for first-team football at The Etihad Stadium.

Today saw Manchester City hand a new deal to veteran centre-back Martin Demichelis. The Argentine World Cup finalist had a woeful start to his City career, but has gone on to become one of their star players in recent times.

The decision to hand Demichelis a new deal came a day after they agreed to let Matija Nastasic join Schalke 04 suggests the club are happy with their current central defensive options.

So how is this great news for Celtic fans?

The Glasgow club has strongly benefitted from the loan signing of talented Belgian youngster Jason Denayer this term. The 19-year-old has been a star player for Celtic, playing 18 games for the club since arriving in August.

In December Celtic boss Ronny Deila admitted he wanted to keep him for next season as recently as December, as reported by the Glasgow Evening Times.

However Denayer has himself stated to the Daily Record last month that he wanted to return to City, as he hoped to make the first-team at the club.

If Demichelis had departed then yes, he might have had a chance. Now however, with Eliaquim Mangala, Demichelis and Vincent Kompany at the club his chances are very slim. Not only that, but let’s be honest, City will probably splurge on another centre-back this summer.

With that in mind Denayer’s first-team chances with City look bleak, which will hopefully lead to a Celtic Park return for 2015-16.

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