Denayer: I was told to play like I did at Celtic for Belgium

Belgium Flag Archway

The Manchester City defender's rise continues after helping the Red Devils to a famous win over France.

Manchester City defender Jason Denayer told Belgian broadcaster RTBF how important his time at Celtic was to developing his style of play, after winning his second cap for Belgium against France on Sunday.

The defender had a wonderful loan-spell in Glasgow, helping the Bhoys to another league title,  and he was recognised individually too, winning Scotland's best young player. 

And after making his first start for Belgium in their stunning 4-3 win over France in Paris, the 19-year-old paid credit to his time at Celtic, where he scored 6 times in 44 games, for his impressive performance. He and Virgil van Dijk were encouraged to move forward when possible under Ronny Deila, and it was a tactic employed well against Les Bleus.

Such was his performance, there are calls for the youngster to start in the top of the table clash with Wales later this week.

“They told me to play like I do with Celtic. And at Celtic I move forward”, he was quoted as saying by RTBF.

“So that's what I did when I had space.

"If I play on Friday against Wales? I'm ready!”

He has now returned to Manchester City, who despite having many millions available have recognised the defender as a unique talent, and will seek to incorporate him into their first team squad.

Register for MANCHESTER CITY team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch