Roberto Martinez praises Celtic and Belgium star Dedryck Boyata

Assistant coach Graeme Jones, coach of Belgium Roberto Martinez greeting Eden Hazard, assistant coach Thierry Henry, Vincent Kompany, Kevin De Bruyne during the medal ceremony for 3rd...

Dedryck Boyata is an important player for Brendan Rodgers’s Celtic and Roberto Martinez's Belgium.

Belgium's coach Roberto Martinez looks up during their Russia 2018 World Cup play-off for third place football match between Belgium and England at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint...

Belgium international manager Roberto Martinez has told The Glasgow Evening Times that Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata is unselfish on the football pitch.

The former Everton manager has also said that the former Manchester City centre-back - who earns £14,000 per week as salary, according to The Daily Star - is loyal to Celtic.

Martinez told The Glasgow Evening Times regarding Boyata’s recent situation: “I have experienced this for many, many years. Especially in the Premier league, the windows are frantic, these things are the reality of the modern game.

“Any player should be able to have a period of thinking about what their next move is, depending on contracts and possible opportunities, now at the end of the window everything will go back to calm.

“Dedryck Boyata has been a very loyal footballer to Celtic and a very good player for the club – that is the memory which needs to be kept. And there are not many players who are as unselfish on the pitch as he is to deliver what the manager wants.”

Alfredo Morelos of Rangers vie with Dedryck Boyata of Celtic during the Scottish Premier League between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Dedryck Boyata situation

Boyata is playing well for Celtic at the moment and was brilliant against Steven Gerrard’s Rangers at Celtic Park in the Old Firm derby this past weekend.

However, until recently, the Belgium international was hitting the headlines for the wrong reasons, with The Scottish Sun claiming that his agent had been pushing for a move away from Celtic.

The 27-year-old did not play for Celtic against AEK Athens in the Champions League qualifier last month.

 

Oliver Ntcham (R), and Dedryck Boyata of Celtic celebrates at the final whistle as Celtic beat Rangers 4-0 during the Scottish Cup Semi Final match between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden...

According to BBC Sport, Boyata claimed that he was injured for the match against Athens, but Rodgers said that the defender was fit to play.

While Celtic fans will know how important Boyata is for the team, not many will agree with Martinez’s aforementioned comments about him, as the following banner during the Scottish Premiership match against Hamilton Academical at Celtic Park suggests:

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