Dedryck Boyata says he is with his Celtic teammates after transfer uncertainty

Lynette Rowe
August 14, 2018

The Belgium worldwide is missing Tuesday's Champions League qualifier at AEK Athens and says it is down to injury.

When asked how much of a distraction the Boyata issue had been, Rodgers said at the pre-match press conference in Athens: "More sad than a distraction".

He said: "He wanted to speak to me at 10am".

Lichtenstein also said: "Entering the last 10 months of his contract, everyone understands that he can not put his career at risk by playing even slightly injured or at 95 per cent. Dedryck can not put his future and his family's future in danger by playing without being 100 per cent".

Responding to suggestions he had not travelled to Greece because of a "convenient" injury, Boyata posted a video showing treatment to his back and thigh that he described as a "muscular work session to come back even stronger on the pitch".

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"When I hear I've refused to play since I came back from vacation, it's wrong. The plan is for him to stay here and I don't see that changing".

Celtic's ongoing tie with AEK Athens is delicately poised at 1-1 following the first leg at Parkhead. I put ice for 30 minutes on my leg and, the next day, I specified that I had pains.

The 27-year-old is refusing to discuss a new deal and The Sun claims he declared himself injured at Lennoxtown on Friday- 24 hours before Celtic's 1-0 defeat away to Hearts.

Rodgers is understandably trying to keep hold of the instrumental defender, who was played 103 times for the club since his move from Manchester City in 2015.

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