Former Celtic star Dedryck Boyata has finally spoken out on his exit from the club which happened on less than good terms during the summer.

The Belgian ended up joining German outfit Hertha Berlin on a free transfer during the most recent transfer window after his contract at Parkhead came to an end.

Boyata appears to have suggested that he never went on “strike” at Celtic, as some media reports had claimed.

“It’s not true, I was accused of strikes last summer so I could move. I also played through the season, was in the Scottish team of the year and played my part in the title,” he told RecordSport.

“The truth is, I’ve won everything at Celtic in four years. But it was time to start something new.”

It was well-documented that Boyata had a falling out with former Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers ahead of the 2018/19 season and he claimed he was injured while the current Leicester City manager refuted those claims.

The reports prompted some fans of the Hoops to claim that the player was unfit to play for them.

It spite of it being quite evident that Boyata wanted a move away from Celtic ahead of last season, he would still go on to make 29 appearances in all competitions for the club, scoring one goal.

He once again played a huge role for the club as they went on to have yet another successful season.

It is understandable to see why Boyata may have wanted out of Parkhead. During his four years with the club, he went on to make 132 appearances in all competitions, scoring 15 goals.

He went on to win virtually everything that there is to win in Scottish football. His achievements included four Scottish Premiership titles, two Scottish Cup victories as well as two Scottish League Cups.

He could have however shown the club a bit more respect to ensure that the parting of ways happened on good terms, as was the case with Kieran Tierney who joined Arsenal during the summer.


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