Dedryck Boyata almost certainly expected to have left Celtic by now.
During the World Cup there were repeat claims in the Belgian media that a move to the Premier League looked a good bet and there was no shortage of interest in the central defender.
But, despite everything which has been claimed and whatever the player’s agent has been pushing for, Boyata remains at Celtic. There clearly hasn’t been an offer big offer to tempt Brendan Rodgers’ club to sell, despite the difficult contract situation.
Belgian newspaper HLN on Monday reports that Boyata is on a ‘collision course’ with Celtic as he tries to push his way out of the club.
Boyata’s agent Jacques Lichtenstein is quoted as saying: “Earlier there was already interest from Fulham, Olympiacos and Fenerbahçe. Offers of 7 and 8 million, but apparently Celtic is financially strong enough not to give in.”
“Strange, because the club apparently does not have the money to make Dedryck a dignified new contract proposal, and Dedryck is currently slightly injured. We do not want to take the risk of making that injury worse, while in four months he can talk to any club about a free transfer.”
It’s getting increasingly messy.
Sevilla has been presented as a possible destination, but there’s been no firm move yet.
HLN point out Boyata has been receiving ‘negative reactions’ from fans on social media, and add: ‘Reactions that strengthen the Red Devil in the belief that he no longer plays for Celtic.’