Dedryck Boyata confirms summer exit; could he replace Denayer at Celtic?

Celtic will need to find a replacement for Jason Denayer this summer.

Manchester City defender Dedryck Boyata has told the Manchester Evening News that he will leave the club despite still having one year left on his contract.

The Belgian centre back, 24, has played just 28 games for City since arriving from Brussels in 2006, and has also spent time out on loan with Bolton Wanderers and FC Twente.

With the likes of Vincent Kompany, Martin Demichelis and Eliaquim Mangala at the Etihad Stadium, it's no surprise that Boyata has struggled for first-team football.

Now though, the one-cap Belgium international has told the Manchester Evening News that he intends to leave the club this summer.

"I am playing in a big team, but for myself it’s not good enough," said Boyata. "I am 24 now, and not the same player I was before. I think I have more maturity and feel like I have stepped up."

"People here have seen what I can do, but I am not getting the chance every weekend, so I see myself going somewhere that I can play," he added.

Boyata is likely to be replaced in the City squad by his compatriot Jason Denayer, who will return from his loan at Celtic this summer. Denayer's impending return to City will leave Celtic needing a new centre back, and manager Ronny Deila certainly has a strong relationship with Manchester City.

This season, Deila snapped up Denayer and John Guidetti from the Blues, whilst he also signed a number of City youngsters on loan whilst manager of Stromsgodset in Norway.

He will therefore be well aware of Boyata's ability and potential, whilst Celtic would also be able to offer him the first-team football that he craves if Denayer does go back to the Etihad Stadium.

There are likely to be better options available for Celtic this summer, but with Deila's relationship with City, he should at least look into taking a gamble on Boyata - despite him slipping into the wilderness at City in recent years.

In fact, the Daily Record suggested that Celtic wanted to sign Boyata back in 2012 - and maybe that interest can be resurrected upon Boyata's admission.

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