Deila opens up about Celtic's chances of re-signing Denayer

Celtic manager Ronny Deila is hopeful of getting a deal done for Manchester City defender Jason Denayer.

Ronny Deila has confirmed his desire to re-sign Manchester City defender Jason Denayer in the Belfast Telegraph today.

Celtic have been impressed by Denayer's performance levels during his first season playing regular professional football and feel he could benefit from a second year at Parkhead.

Deila says that the prospect of playing Champions League football at Celtic would help his development and revealed his intentions to speak to City about bringing the 19-year-old back.

"Jason is going back to Manchester City after the season to have a pre-season and we will see if we can get him back or not," he said. "That is something we want, but we have to co-operate with City.

"But I think it's good for him to stay here because hopefully we will get Champions League qualification and that will make him even more experienced.

"Jason is ambitious - he wants to play at the highest level he can. But it's playing that is the most important thing, and playing at Manchester City is very, very hard. If not, I think Celtic is a good club for him."

There is a feeling that Denayer could be given a chance at City next season, but the competition for places in Manuel Pellegrini's side is fierce.

The current Premier League title holders have the likes of Vincent Kompany, Eliaquim Mangala and Martin Demichelis available to them, and it will be tough for Denayer to displace any of the more experienced trio.

It means that a loan back to Celtic, where he has become a fans' favourite, could be an exciting prospect.

Denayer's partnership with Virgil van Dijk at the heart of the Bhoys' defence has been a major contributing factor to Celtic's success this term, and having the Belgium international back again next season would be a huge boost.

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