Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Celtic have rejected an offer from Fulham for Dedryck Boyata.
The Hoops manager was speaking at a press conference this afternoon ahead of his side’s Champions League third round qualifying first leg against AEK Athens.
And, understandably, the subject of Boyata’s future was brought up.
It’s been reported that Fulham had lodged a £9million bid for the Belgian international this week – with the Cottagers impressed by his performances at the World Cup.
But Celtic have knocked that bid back, with Rodgers insisting that the Scottish champions would be unable to replace him at this late stage:
"It would be very difficult for us to replace him at this late stage"
Brendan Rodgers confirms Celtic have rejected a firm offer from Fulham for Belgium international defender Dedryck Boyata. pic.twitter.com/iaxPk5NTBX
— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) August 7, 2018
Boyata started all three of Belgium’s group games at the World Cup, but was replaced by Vincent Kompany for their push to the semi-finals in the knockout stage.
The English transfer window closes on Thursday so we may still see movement on the Boyata situation.
But Rodgers did also confirms at that press conference that Celtic remain interested in John McGinn despite the midfielder reportedly being in Birmingham to speak to Aston Villa.