Hertha BSC have made their first signing of the new season, as centre back Dedryck Boyata joins the club from Scottish side Celtic on a long-term deal. “We have been tracking Dedryck for a while and are fully convinced of his quality. We are sure that he will strengthen our defence,” said Michael Preetz on the transfer. “I am pleased that the deal has worked out,” said Boyata. “It is an ambitious club and we have similar goals. Also, I was very impressed with Michael Preetz’ efforts to bring me here. I am looking forward to the new season and want to achieve something with the club.”
Champions League and World Cup experience
The Belgian, who was born in Brüssels, left his home country in 2007 to sign with Manchester City. The 28 year old progressed through the youth ranks at the ‘Sky Blues’ and earned a professional contract in 2009, making his Premier League debut in January 2010. Boyata spent time on loan at Bolton Wanderers as well as Dutch side FC Twente, picking up valuable experience in different leagues. During this time, the defender earned his first cap for the national team before returning to City in Januray 2013. In 2015, Boyata moved to Scotland and signed for Celtic, where he became a key player and showed his talents in the Champions League. Last summer, the new Hertha man represented Belgium once again at the World Cup in Russia, playing the full 90 minutes in each of his country’s three group matches. In total, Boyata has picked up 16 international caps for the ‘Red Devils’.