Brendan Rodgers

Fulham have £9m bid rejected for Celtic’s Dedryk Boyata

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that they have rejected a bid from Fulham for Belgium and Celtic star, Dedryck Boyata.

The fee Fulham offered for Boyata is reportedly in the region of £9 million.

‘There was a confirmed bid by Fulham for him’

On Boyata’s future and the Fulham bid Rodgers had this to say.

“Yes, we have had a few enquiries and there was a confirmed bid by Fulham for him.

“He is a player that we don’t want to lose. We know he is in the last year of his deal.

“He has been a fantastic player for me in my time here, he had an excellent World Cup when he played.

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“He is clearly a player of value and, at this point in time for us, he is very important and the club rejected that.”

So, it does look as though Boyata would be very hard to pry from Celtic this summer given what Rodgers had to say on the Belgium’s importance.

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 27: Fulham Manager Slavisa Jokanovic celebrates at the end of the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Sunderland at Craven Cottage on April 27, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Play-off winners

Fulham enjoyed a very impressive 2017/18 Championship campaign. They finished 3rd in the Championship and scored a superb 79 goals in 46 league games. Only league winners Wolves managed more.

As a result of finishing 3rd Fulham earned themselves a playoff spot. They would beat Derby County 2-1 over two legs of the semi-final and they would go on to beat Aston Villa 1-0 in the final.

Now that Fulham have returned to the top flight of English football for the first time in four years, they are looking to improve upon their squad in order to survive the upcoming season and signing Boyata would go some way to doing that.

He would join the likes of Jean Michael Seri, Andre Schurrle, Alfie Mawson, Fabricio, Maxime Le Marchand and Aleksandar Mitrovic who have already made the switch to Fulham this summer.

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