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Boyata comments on partnership with van Dijk, makes plea to Celtic

Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata is hopeful that the club will resist any urge to sell Virgil van Dijk this summer.

Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he feels he’s already developed an understanding alongside Virgil van Dijk in the club’s back four.

Boyata has got off to a very good start in his career with the Bhoys and has also explained that he’s hopeful that the club can prevent the big Dutchman from leaving before the end of the current transfer window.

“It has been so easy for me to come here and feel part of it because I was made to feel a part of the team from my very first day,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.

“Virgil and I have played well together and we have a good understanding already. He is a very good player.”

“He is strong and quick, has pace and is a very good defender. Of course I would love him to stay here but that depends on how he thinks and what happens. That is nothing to do with me.”

Importance of van Dijk staying

The Daily Mail has reported that Everton are interested in signing van Dijk from Celtic and offering him a route into the Premier League.

Celtic could net a big fee in the process for the player, but it’s more important that they go all out to try and keep him at the club.

What will help is if the club can ensure they follow up their win from last night and ensure that they seal their place in the Champions League group stage.

If van Dijk leaves then it creates a potential problem in terms of creating the need for a change in a key area at the start of an important season, with issues in terms of understanding between other players potentially affecting the team.

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