Report: Celtic accept defeat over Dedryck Boyata with January exit possible

Head coach Brendan Rodgers of Celtic looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League Group B match between FC Salzburg and Celtic at Red Bull Arena Wals-Siezenheim on October 4, 2018 in Salzburg,...

Dedryck Boyata's contract at Celtic expires at the end of this season but can Brendan Rodgers convince him to stay?

Dedryck Boyata of Celtic looks on during the UEFA Europa League Group B match between FC Salzburg and Celtic at Red Bull Arena Wals-Siezenheim on October 4, 2018 in Salzburg, Austria.

Dedryck Boyata appeared to drop a hint about his Celtic future over the weekend.

The Belgian centre-back has been heavily linked with a move away from Parkhead for the last few months but, speaking to the Glasgow Evening Times, Boyata said; “I am fully committed. I’m a Celtic player and I’m very happy to be a Celtic player.”

 

But it seems that this was merely Boyata confirming that he would give his all to his current employers, rather than indicating that he would be interested in extending a contract that expires at the end of this season.

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Latest reports from HLN suggest that the former Manchester City man is indeed heading into his final few months as a Celtic player.

Dedryck Boyata of Belgium during the UEFA Nations League A group two match between Belgium and Switzerland at King Baudouin Stadium, Stade Roi Baudouin on October 12, 2018 in Brussels,...

It is claimed that Brendan Rodgers’ side have all but given up hope of Boyata signing a new contract. As a result, HLN believes that there is a genuine chance he could leave Celtic as early as January.

The Scottish Premiership club will be fully aware that Boyata will be free to leave for absolutely nothing in June. So January is their last chance to make any money from the 27-year-old’s departure.

Dedryck Boyata of Celtic Glasgow and Xaver Schlager of Salzburg during the UEFA Europa League Group B match between FC Salzburg and Celtic Glasgow at Red Bull Arena on October 4, 2018 in...

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