Celtic have announced the signing of Belgian defender Dedryck Boyata on a four year deal, after a transfer fee of around £1.5 million was agreed with Manchester City.
The 24-year-old will join up with Celtic this month for pre-season training ahead of the Champions League qualifiers and will be looking to secure regular first team football – something that was missing during his time at Manchester City.
Speaking to Celtic TV after his signing, Boyata said: “It feels really good. Celtic are a very big club and it feels good to be a part of it. The manager came to see me in Manchester and I spoke to him about having me here and all the ideas he had for me playing for the team.
“So I was very pleased with his plans and from that point I thought that moving to Celtic would be a good idea and we tried to do everything right for me to move here.”
Boyata joined the English Premier League side in 2006, spending eight years at the Blues, but failed to become a regular making only 36 appearances and scoring once.
He made his senior debut against Middlesbrough in 2010 and spent part of the 2011/12 and 2012/13 campaigns on loan to Bolton Wanderers and FC Twente respectively
Boyata will be hoping that he can follow in the footsteps of Belgian team mate Jason Denayer who had a successful season on loan at Celtic – where he won a league and cup double.