Report have confirmed Dedryck Boyata is in advanced talks with Celtic to end his contract at Celtic Park and agree a new deal.
Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers has been keen to get the former Manchester City defender to commit his long-term future to the club, but without any joy.
The duo of Kieran Tierney and Kristoffer Ajer have signed contracts extension this season, but it has proved trickier to tie down Boyata and his advisors as he prepares to enter the final year of his current agreement.
Now, though, the defender has showed that talks are down the line and he’s positive that a solution to suit both side can be reached sooner.
The Celtic defender said:
“I am in talks with the club.
“I have said it before that I am happy here.
“Right now, nothing is done and it’s not like I can actually say what is going to be done. But I am in talks and we are trying to find some sort of arrangement.
“I am happy here. I have been talking a lot with the manager and trying to find a solution.
“I don’t want to say yes and then nothing happens later, but everything is just so positive.”
Tom Rogic has backed away from Celtic contract talks until he finishes his World Cup duties with Australia.
Rogic will have more options if he performs well in Russia and Boyata may have been thinking along similar lines as he waits to hear if he’ll make the cut for Belgium’s World Cup squad.
The 27-year-old will discover on Monday if he is part of the Red Devils’ plans for Russia. It promises to be a massive weekend for him with the announcement coming hot on the heels of Celtic’s final leg of a double-treble bid against Motherwell.
The 2014 Premier League winner with Roberto Mancini’s Man City side added:
“It will be a huge 48 hours for me, but, as soon as the final is over, I am going on holiday.
“It’s a dream I’ve had since I was younger. I missed the Euros because of an injury two years ago and it was hard. If I don’t go I’ll be sad, I’m not going to lie, but it’s just how the game goes.”
On Celtic’s hopes of an unprecedented run of six trophies in two seasons, Boyata added:
“We know that no one has been able to do the treble twice in a row and it might be a good day in history for us. But then we know that we have to work hard for it.
“As a player you want to be part of history and mark your name somewhere. If we manage to do it, it will be unbelievable for us.”