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Boyata: Meetings with Deila convinced me to join Celtic

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Celtic new boy Dedryck Boyata was left impressed by the personal touch of Ronny Deila in the process to sign him.

Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata has told the Glasgow Evening Times that it took two meetings with the club’s manager to convince him that Parkhead was the right place for him to play his football.

The centre back was confirmed as a new signing for the Bhoys earlier this week, becoming the latest talent to move from Manchester City to the peak of Scottish football.

Ronny Deila deserves credit because he appears to have been pivotal in terms of getting the player convinced that he could easily switch to a Celtic mind set.

“I saw the manager twice in Manchester. Once after training and then another time he came to see me. That was good as they came to see me - from that moment I had it in my head about coming to play for Celtic,” he said.

“The manager told me the plan for me and because of what he's done with Jason Deneyar, it was not a hard decision.”

That personal touch that Deila has given to the negotiation process goes a long way, because the modern football world is one where the majority of deals are handled and concluded from a distance.

Deila’s presence was a sure fire sign that he cares and that means a lot to a younger player like Boyata who is being asked to leave the country he knows to go and play in another division.

It will be interesting to see if Deila installs him as part of his first choice side straight away or whether the manager challenges him and makes him work for his place in the starting line-up.

Either way, Celtic can be sure they have signed up a top quality player and one who will hopefully taste some success at the club.

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