Denayer is currently on loan with the Bhoys and Deila has confirmed that Manchester City want him back for pre-season to judge his level ahead of next season.
However, the Celtic manager has explained that his club will be on the lookout for new central defensive reinforcements, regardless of whether Denayer is retained as part of their squad for the new campaign.
“City want Jason back for pre-season to see what kind of level he is at and where he stands – Maybe he will be loaned out again,” said Deila.
“We will see what happens - but it is very hard just now. We will look for a central defender anyway, one maybe two.”
There is definite merit in Celtic trying to keep Denayer because he’s proven to be a very effective player under Deila, with his loan club staring at the possibility of a domestic treble.
It’s difficult to see where he’s going to get opportunities at Manchester City next season under a new manager, but it’s no surprise the Etihad club want to judge how he’s progressed.
There could well be a change of manager at the Etihad and it’s natural for any new manager going to any club to want to review his playing squad before commissioning various deals whether permanent or on loan.
Deila is smart for not wanting to gamble on the possibility of getting Denayer back and if they add to their defence well and then get him back from Manchester City, that will be the cherry on top of a very impressive cake.