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‘CELTIC REJECT THREE BOYATA BIDS,’ AGENT

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FENENRBACHE have had a bid for Dedryck Boyata rejected by Celtic, according to reports in Turkey.

The Hoops knocked back a £9million offer for the Belgian central defender from Fulham last week and the Turks are said to have at least matched that figure.

Boyata’s agent, Jacques Lichtenstein, has claimed Greek aces Olympiakos have also tabled a bid and been unsuccessful.

He said: “Offers of £7million and £8million – but apparently Celtic is financially strong enough not to go into that.

“It’s strange, because on the other hand, the club apparently does not have the money to make Dedryck a dignified new contract proposal.”
Boyata, who has not played since Belgium’s World Cup group game against England on June 28, was expected to make his long-awaited return against Hearts on Saturday.

However, he was sidelined by a mystery back injury.

Brendan Rodgers decided against taking the centre-half with his squad for tomorrow night’s Champions League qualifier against AEK Athens in the Greek capital with the tie poised at 1-1.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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