Dedryck Boyata’s time at Celtic Park could finally be coming to an end if the latest reports are to be believed.
The Belgian defender was widely criticised earlier in the season following a string of woeful performances. Celtic fans pleaded with Brendan Rodgers to sign another centre-back, but Boyata eventually stayed at the club with the transfer window slamming shut. With less than a year remaining on his current deal, Celtic have now accepted he will not be extending his stay at Parkhead.
Reports from HLN in Belgium suggest that Boyata will not renew his contract meaning Celtic may be forced into a sale in January to avoid losing the ex-Manchester City man for nothing. The Belgium international was linked to Fulham earlier in the summer, and the Hoops will not stand in his way if the Cottagers revive their interest. To replace him, Rodgers must make a move for Tottenham wonderkid – Juan Foyth.
Valued at £4.5m by Transfermarkt, the 20-year-old made just seven senior appearances for Estudiantes before Tottenham paid £8m to bring him to North London last summer. The youngster is highly regarded but is yet to make a first-team appearance in the Premier League with his route to the starting XI blocked by the likes of Jan Vertonghen, Davinson Sanchez and Toby Alderweireld. Nevertheless, Foyth did receive a call-up to Argentina’s national team recently.
Moving to Celtic Park on a temporary basis could do wonders for his development. Celtic could offer the youngster regular first-team football in both the SPFL and the Europa League. Rodgers is known for bringing the best out of young players meaning Mauricio Pochettino should have no worries about his prized asset.
A tall, powerful defender who is great with the ball at his feet, Foyth would be a massive upgrade on Boyata.
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