John Collins on Manchester City-owned Celtic defender Jason Denayer’s future

Celtic assistant manager John Collins says that Manchester City want Jason Denayer for pre-season training.

Celtic assistant manager John Collins has told BBC Scotland that he remains hopeful that Jason Denayer will play for them next season.

Denayer joined the Bhoys from Premier League outfit Manchester City on a season-long loan deal in the summer of 2014.

The 19-year-old Belgium international defender has been in superb form this season and has been one of the best players for Celtic.

Collins has admitted that the Premiership champions want to keep hold of the teenage centre-back for the 2015-16 campaign.

However, the Scot has revealed that City want Denayer back for pre-season training.

"Manchester City want to bring Jason Denayer back (after his loan spell) for pre-season training,” Collins told BBC Scotland. “There is nothing we can do.

"He has been absolutely brilliant for us - 19 years of age, he has played with so much composure and of course he's got aggression, as well, for a young man. We are hopeful we can maybe still get him back.”

It seems that City are keen on making use of Denayer next season, and perhaps Celtic should plan for the 2015-16 campaign without him.

Of course, things could change in the coming months, but since City want the talented youngster, it is better for the Bhoys that they start preparing to recruit a replacement for him.

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