Brendan’s playing the waiting game

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BRENDAN RODGERS wants Dedryck Boyata to sign the new long term deal he has been offered by Celtic when he returns from his fortnight’s holiday at the start of August.

And the Celtic manager believes that the defender will be even better after his wonderful World Cup campaign which saw the Celtic star play in all three group stage victories including the first win over England.

Boyata spoke about his intention to sign the new deal with Celtic on his return from Russia at the end of last season and Rodgers will be anxiously waiting confirmation that there has been no change of heart on the player’s part.

Boyata is entering the final year of his 4 year contract at Celtic and he has already attracted speculation linking him with both Lazio and Fulham. Certainly Celtic would prefer to keep the player on the new terms but would not want him to run down his contract and leave for free.

“He is very important. I always said that once he got into the team, Dedryck would do very well,” Rodgers explained.

“He is an experienced player and his experience at the World Cup is only going to help him.

“He has a year left on his contract and he is a player that we would love to keep. He knows that, but he is now on holiday and we will pick that up again when he comes back.

“I haven’t spoken to him yet, we have messaged each other and he knows my feelings on it.

“He just needs to rest and recover and we will speak when he gets back.”

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