Agent says Dedryck Boyata 'won't risk future' by playing for Celtic

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Hearts manager Craig Levein admits that he smelled blood when he saw five changes had been made to Celtic's side amid two pivotal Champions League qualifying games. The Australian wonderkid was the youngest player at this year's World Cup finals and last week completed his permanent move from Melbourne City to Manchester, with the two clubs sharing the same owners.

'Previously there was interest from Fulham, Olympiakos and Fenerbahce, ' claimed Lichtenstein.

"Offers of £7 million ($9m) and £8m - but apparently Celtic are financially strong enough not to go into that".

Strange, because the club apparently does not have the money to make Dedryck a dignified new contract proposal, and Dedryck is now slightly injured.

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'I told him I wanted to speak to him afterwards, but when I returned after the training, he was no longer there'.

Celtic boss Rodgers admitted at the weekend that the situation was "difficult" for 27-year-old Boyata. We want to show our true face in terms of the quality we can play but also the mentality and we look forward to showing that
tomorrow.

While news that Dembele is fast-approaching a return to the starting XI, Rodgers has had to deal with Belgian defender Dedryck Boyata throwing his toys out of the pram after he failed to gain a move on transfer deadline day. All I want is for us to improve every aspect of the club. The goal was unfortunate and we need to bounce back from that.

"We are not going into the match thinking that we have to take a goalless draw. I think it is the best decision".

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"He is a player that has been with us over the last couple of seasons and at this time it would have been great to have him here".

Brendan Rodgers has denied suggestions that he has threatened to walk away from Celtic if the board fail to agree to his transfer demands.

"We have done that in the last couple of seasons and the main reason, from a football perspective, is to compete at the highest level of the game".

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