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Cassandra Castillo | 13 August, 2018, 11:01

"Dedryck is disappointed because he has been made promises that have not been kept".

Rodgers revealed that Boyata's agent turned up at the club's Lennoxtown training complex on Friday morning.

Brendan Rodgers has denied suggestions that he has threatened to walk away from Celtic if the board fail to agree to his transfer demands.

However, the Northern Irishman has downplayed speculation that he could quit in protest over inaction in the transfer market and is still looking to improve his squad as they pursue an eighth league title in a row.

"It's odd, because on the other hand, the club apparently does not have the money to make Dedryck a dignified new contract proposal".

However, in what is becoming an increasingly fractious stand-off, Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers said last night the player wouldn't be allowed to go anywhere unless a suitable replacement could be found. It is hard for a player.

Fulham have also shown interest and had a £9million bid turned down before the Premier League transfer window closed, leaving Boyata and his agent furious.

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"I'm not sure", he said.

Rodgers told BBC Sport after the match against Hearts: "The club were trying to organise a deal, but Dedryck's agent wasn't so keen for him to sign a deal before the World Cup, which you can understand".

'He wanted to speak to me at 10 o'clock. Obviously when I came back after training he wasn't there.

Addressing Boyata's future, he added: "He is such a good player, and we don't want to lose him at this stage".

Now attention is likely to switch to Lafferty's future if, as expected, Rangers return with an enhanced bid to take the Northern Ireland global back for a second spell at Ibrox and if, as is equally likely, Hearts increase the asking price, citing his fourth goal in two seasons against Celtic as justification.

"My concentration is really on the players that are going to play and are going to be fit to play in Athens". It's up to owner Ann Budge and Rangers - or whoever else is interested in me.

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