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BOYATA’S BELGIUM BONUS

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NEW Bhoy Dedryck Boyata has been told by Belgium boss Marc Wilmots that good performances in the Champions League can push him into the international squad – just like Jason Denayer.

The 24-year-old has just one full cap from 2010 when he was hailed as a wonderkid.

Wilmots showed faith in on-loan Celt Denayer last season and included him in his squad as a replacement for the suspended Vincent Kompany.

And the Belgian manager reckons Boyata can force his way back in and get a recall if he proves as good for the Hoops as Denayer was before being recalled by Manchester City in the summer.

Wilmots said: “He needs to play more matches and he will get that at Celtic.

“He’s a very good player. He’s tall, fast and technically a good defender. He is still only young, even though we have known about him for years.

“But the problem was that he never got a chance to show what he could do in England. Now he has an opportunity at Celtic.

“He could play in the Champions League with Celtic, which would be invaluable for him. I picked Jason Denayer when he was in the Scottish League with Celtic, so there is nothing to stop him getting into my squad, either.

“The Scottish game is a good test for defenders as it is very physical. It toughens players up.

“So my advice to Dedryck is to keep playing well for Celtic and we will see what happens.”

 
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