Newly-signed Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata has told The Scottish Sun that he is looking forward to playing with Virgil van Dijk.
Boyata, who is the Bhoys’ first signing of the summer transfer window, is relishing the prospect of playing alongside the highly-rated Dutchman Van Dijk.
“I saw Virgil play for Groningen when I was on loan at FC Twente,” the 24-year-old told The Scottish Sun. “I was also looking at Celtic last season to watch Jason (Denayer).
“I can see what type of player he is and he’s really good. I can’t say we’ll be a good partnership for fact just yet — but obviously I want that.
“The manager has told me that he can see something really good there and I believe him.”
Boyata’s comments suggests that Celtic manager Ronny Deila is confident that Van Dijk will not leave this summer.
The Norwegian seems to have used the Dutch centre-back to sell his idea to Boyata, and it appears that he sees the duo as his first-choice central defenders.
Premier League duo Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton are interested in 23-year-old Van Dijk, according to The Daily Mail.
Boyata will effectively replace compatriot Jason Denayer, who will return to City after a season-long loan spell at Celtic Park.