Dedryck Boyata on the meeting with Ronny Deila that convinced him to join Celtic

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Celtic signed Dedryck Boyata from Manchester City earlier today.

Dedryck Boyata has told Celtic's official website that a meeting with Ronny Deila helped to lure him to Parkhead.

Deila met with Boyata prior to his switch to the Bhoys and the exciting plans that the Norwegian put forward convinced the 24-year-old centre-back that a move north of the border would be a good idea.

As a result, Boyata signed a four-year deal at Celtic earlier today, joining from Manchester City, and he says he is very excited to be involved with the Glasgow outfit.

“It feels really good. Celtic are a very big club and it feels good to be a part of it," he said.

“The manager came to see me in Manchester and I spoke to him about having me here and all the ideas he had for me playing for the team.

“So I was very pleased with his plans and from that point I thought that moving to Celtic would be a good idea and we tried to do everything right for me to move here.”

Celtic will be delighted to have Boyata on board as he should fit in well with their current style of play.

The Belgian is blessed with pace and power, but he also has the technical ability required to cope with Deila's demanding philosophy of football.

It means that he is likely to go straight into their starting line-up and brings quality in a position where Celtic needed to make additions.

The Scottish Premiership champions were short of numbers at centre-back, but they look strong in that area now that Boyata has arrived.

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