Dedryck Boyata suggests he rejected offers from France and Spain to join Celtic

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Dedryck Boyata has joined Scottish Premiership champions Celtic from Premier League outfit Manchester City.

Dedryck Boyata has suggested in The Sun that he rejected offers from England, France and Spain to move to Celtic.

The Belgium international defender has joined the Scottish Premiership champions from Manchester City on a four-year contract, as reported by BBC Sport.

It has also been reported by BBC Sport that Celtic had to pay Premier League giants City a transfer fee of around £1.5m.

Boyata, who is the Bhoys’ first signing of the summer transfer window, has now explained why he moved to Celtic, revealing his conversation with John Guidetti, who was on loan at the Glasgow giants from City for the 2014-15 season.

“John told me about how good the club was and the team spirit, about the fans — especially the fans,” the 24-year-old told The Sun.

“But he also told me about the city, the manager. I could have stayed in England or gone to France or Spain. However, joining Celtic was the best thing for me.”

Boyata had been on the books of City since 2006, and had spells on loan at Bolton Wanderers and FC Twente.

The 24-year-old centre-back has struggled for regular first-team football so far in his career, but he has loads of potential.

The Belgian will effectively replace compatriot Jason Denayer, who will return to City after a season-long loan spell at Celtic Park.

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