Hertha Berlin have signed Belgian defender Dedryck Boyata from Celtic on what is described as a long-term deal. The 28-year-old was available on a free transfer with his contract at the Glasgow outfit expiring this summer, and rumours had been ongoing suggesting a switch to Hertha was on the cards.
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All the rumours can now be put to bed after the German club’s sporting director Michael Preetz confirmed a deal is in the bag. “We’ve had Dedryck in our sights for some time now and are fully convinced of his qualities, and we are confident that he is a real reinforcement for our defence,” he said.
Boyata moved to Celtic in 2015 from Manchester City. He was involved in a row with then Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers at the start of this season, being sent to train with the development side after he missed a Champions League qualifier against AEK Athens in Greece when he claimed to be injured.
Boyata told his new club’s website: “The club is ambitious and has goals that I stand by and I was very impressed by how Michael Preetz tried to talk to me and showed me a clear plan.”
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