Denayer's comments offer Celtic fans hope he will remain at Parkhead next season

Celtic face a fight to convince Jason Denayer to remain at the club, rather than return to Manchester City.

Jason Denayer has offered Celtic fans hope that he could return to Parkhead next season after his comments on Sky Sports.

The Belgian defender, who is on loan from Manchester City, has impressed during his first season playing regular first-team football and Celtic have already confirmed their desire to bring him back for a second-term next season to BBC Sport.

However, there is a feeling that City could be keen on using him as back-up in their own squad for next season and that could prove a stumbling block for Celtic, when they do try and get a transfer across the line. 

Denayer's comments, though, should be encouraging as the 19-year-old confirmed that he wants to receive regular competitive action at this stage of his career.

Denayer suggested that going back to City to act as cover would be something which didn't appeal to him and he insists that getting regular exposure is crucial to his development. 

"Of course, play games and keep on improving," he responded, when asked what his priority would be next season. "I've improved a lot. I think I've had a good season and I hope to continue like this."

If Celtic could keep hold of Denayer it would be a massive boost to their chances of success as he has been so pivotal for them this season.

Ronny Deila's side have built their success around his partnership with Virgil van Dijk in the heart of their defence and keeping the pair at Parkhead is likely to be one of the club's priorities this summer. 

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