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‘WHY I KNOCKED BACK THREE TEAMS TO STAY AT CELTIC,’ FANS FAVOURITE BOYATA

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DEDRYCK BOYATA has revealed he knocked back THREE clubs during last month’s transfer window to concentrate on his Celtic career.

The Belgian defender came into Brendan Rodgers’ side for last month’s Scottish Cup win over Albion Rovers and has kept his place for five successive games.

Boyata, 26, has also been the Hoops’ matchwinner in consecutive midweek victories over St Johnstone and Aberdeen.

Before the turn of the year, the former Manchester City centre-half has made just one first team appearance – the 1-0 triumph over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on November 18.

It looked as though he was heading for the Parkhead exit with several clubs showing an interest.

Boyata said: “Given that I wasn’t playing at Celtic, I told my agent to look at what was possible.

“But I also asked him not to give me unnecessary headaches and only talk to me about concrete offers.

“It is true, he mentioned the interest of Anderlecht, Werder Bremen and Hull City, but it was never serious enough to alert Celtic.

“Especially, since I am now back in the team.

“I have two-and-a-half years left of my contract here and I have played nearly 50 games with Celtic.

“I don’t have any definite plans for the future, but I am secure at Celtic.

“It would have been nice to go back home to Belgium, but their interest was never serious enough.

“I still have my dreams in football. The one that currently occupies me is Celtic. Possibly, one day I may be able to prove myself in the Premier League.

“Today, I have never felt so comfortable as I do at Celtic. I’m getting married next year and I am settled.”

 
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