Ronny Deila’s response when asked about his interest in Dedryck Boyata

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has not confirmed or denied his interest in Manchester City defender Dedryck Boyata.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has refused to reveal on BT Sport if he is interested in signing Manchester City defender Dedryck Boyata in the summer transfer window.

Boyata’s current contract with City runs out in June 2016, according to, but he is set to leave the Etihad Stadium at the end of the 2014-15 campaign.

The 24-year-old told The Manchester Evening News last month: “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.”

That “somewhere” could be Celtic, as manager Deila has refused to confirm or deny his interest in the 24-year-old.

“We will see what we can do,” the Norwegian told BT Sport when asked about his interest in Boyata.

“We are very active and we will try to improve the team in the summer. I don’t want to comment on any names, but we are starting our chase for new players.”

Boyata was rated highly when he was younger, but fierce competition for places at City means that he is now virtually a forgotten figure at the Etihad Stadium.

Since the Belgium international himself has stated that he wants to leave the Citizens in the summer, it will bring his price down.

Celtic will make signings in the summer, and recruiting Boyata on a small fee could prove to be a good piece of business for the Scottish Premiership champions.

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