JASON DENAYER’S super form on loan at Celtic has won him a new contract with Manchester City.
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The 19-year-old Belgian central defender was a revelation beside Virgil van Dijk as the Hoops claimed their fourth successive SPFL title and the League Cup.
Ronny Deila wanted to keep the player for another season, but City boss Manuel Pellegrini recalled him and is now prepared to offer him a new deal to keep him at the Etihad.
Ironically, Denayer, whose current deal expires next summer, is likely to replace Hoops’ new boy Dedryck Boyata in City’s first team squad.
The centre-half’s agent Jesse de Preter said: “Last season, we thought it was very important for Jason to have experience in a first team.
“We organised a loan at Celtic and it was very successful because he started and worked very well.
“He was immediately at the level that was expected of him from the first day, and he kept it until the last – he was voted the Best Young Player of the Year in Scotland.
“Manchester City have expressed a wish to extend the contract of Jason.
“The management said they see Jason as a potential first team player for next season. We are in the midst of negotiations for an extension.”
French outfit Lyon will also be disappointed. They held talks with Denayer recently and hoped to get him to agree a temporary deal.