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‘DON’T SAY BYE-BYE, BOYATA’

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KRISTOFFER AJER has admitted he hopes Celtic refuse to sell his fellow-defender Dedryck Boyata.

Reports are gaining momentum that Fulham are willing to splash £9million on the Belgian international who played in his nation’s three group games during the World Cup Finals in Russia.

Boyata, 27, will be out of contract at the end of the season and has yet to agree an extension at the Hoops.

Twenty-year-old Ajer said: “Of course, I would like to see him stay. He’s been fantastic at Celtic. I would like to keep playing beside him and keep learning from him.

“Dedryk and other experienced centre-halves have helped my development a lot. He talks to me every single game we play together.

“We played a lot together last season and he was fantastic at communicating with me throughout the game. He’s been really helpful.”

Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to get Boyata to sign a new deal, but no business has been done and the former Manchester City centre-half continues to be linked with other clubs.

Fulham have until 5pm on Thursday to bring in any new players for the first half of the season.

 
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