JASON DENAYER, like John Guidetti, is on a season long loan to Celtic from English Champions Manchester City.
Both players failed to make it into City’s plans for this season and both took the M6 North to Glasgow in the hope of developing as players and looking to sample European football.
In Guidetti’s case the door is firmly closed as far as a return to Manchester City is concerned. Having delayed on committing to the Hoops for the long term and suffering a form dip over the past few months both the player and his manager Ronny Delia are now committed to establishing a return to goal scoring form for the player. If Ronny works his magic then it is a fair bet that Guidetti will see his future in Glasgow.
Denayer according to the spin in the Daily Record today is desperate to return to Manchester City. Of course the bhoy would like that. Celtic had to let the likes of Victor Wanyama, Gary Hooper, Joe Ledley and Fraser Forster leave in recent times so that they could play in a richer league. If a loan signing wishes to return to that very same league then it is hardly news.
The decision will not by Denayer’s who is quoted in the paper as saying:
‘I hope next season to be ready to play for City. If I ever get the chance to play with Vincent Kompany then I know I will have made it.
‘My view is that I will return to City next season.’
If Manchester City want the player back then there is little Celtic can do about that. If they don’t – as it is the case with Guidetti – then the Belgian defender will have to look elsewhere.
The irony is that if Manchester City were minded to look at the Celtic side to improve their defence they would undoubtedly opt for Virgil Van Dijk rather than Denayer and any price tag that Celtic placed on the big Dutchman would hardly worry the mega-rich Manchester club.