Boyata desperate to stay at Celtic despite interest
Dedryck Boyata has informed Brendan Rodgers he wants to stay at Celtic and fight for a regular first-team place despite interest from Anderlecht in his homeland.
Boyata scored a secondhalf winner against St Johnstone at Parkhead on Wednesday night to ensure the Glasgow club stretched their unbeaten domestic run to 26 games and matched the record set by the Lisbon Lions in the 1966/67 season.
The 26-year-old had only made one appearance for Rodgers’ side before this month and had appeared set to leave in the January transfer window.
Jozo Simunovic, Erik Sviatchenko and Kolo Toure were all in front of the former Manchester City man in the pecking order and Mikael Lustig had also utilised as a makeshift centre half.
But he has now helped Celtic keep clean sheets in their last two games against Albion Rovers in the Scottish Cup and St Johnstone.
“I am a Celtic player,” Boyata said. “I don’t really think of my future because I’m a Celtic player. There is nothing else to say.
“I am not going to lie to you, it has been a very difficult time for me since the beginning of the season. But I have been working hard and waiting for this kind of moment. I am very happy with what has happened. I have come far.
Simunovic appeared set to leave Celtic for Serie A club Torino in August, but the Croat’s move to Italy fell through when the two clubs failed to agree a fee.
The 22-year-old has since gone on to establish himself in Rodgers’ side and that has given Boyata hope.
“There was speculation about Jozo leaving, but now he is working hard and playing well. I am trying to get as many chances as I can.”