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Dedryck Boyata insists he wants Celtic stay after discussions with Brendan Rodgers


Dedryck Boyata last night handed Celtic a massive boost ahead of the Scottish Cup Final by insisting he wants to stay.

The Belgian defender broke from preparations for Saturday’s Hampden clash against Motherwell to reveal he has entered talks over a contract extension and is happy at Parkhead

Boyata will move into the final year of his deal in the summer having moved from Manchester City in 2015.

The 27-year-old could have an opportunity to put himself into the shop window at the World Cup in Russia if he’s picked on Monday for the Belgium squad.

However, Boyata has spoken to manager Brendan Rodgers about staying in Glasgow.

Scott Bain and Kris Ajer have signed deals in the past week and the centre-back said: “I am in talks with the club and I have said it before that I am happy here.

“Right now, nothing is done and it’s not like I can actually say what is going to be done.

“But I am in talks and we are trying to find some sort of arrangement.

“I have been talking a lot with the manager and trying to find a solution.

“I don’t want to say yes and then nothing happens later but everything is just so positive.

“I am having a great time.”


Boyata can collect another medal for his Celtic collection against the Steelmen and is geared up for a physical battle.

Stephen Robinson’s team will be combative against the champions but the defender insists the Hoops are ready.

Boyata said: “They [Motherwell] have that reputation of being a physical team. So we know we have to go for a battle and we have to go and get it.

“We can’t just play, we know it’s a final and anything can happen.

“We will be playing for the history but for Motherwell it is as big a chance for them so you never know what can happen.

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“I’m sure they are going to be there and give 100 per cent, so it’s going to be a big fight.”

Boyata has no complaints about Motherwell’s style and added: “I’m not the type of person to make a comment about that.

“In the past, we’ve had examples with challenges with elbows and everything, but I don’t think I’ve heard anyone from our team say anything about them being too physical.

“We know they are going to be up for the challenges, so we have to be up for them as well and play our game.”

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