Manuel Pellegrini Convinces Promising Young Centre-Back to Stay and Fight for Man City Future

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Belgium had grown weary of life in the north west under previous boss Mancini. 

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Manchester City defender Dedryck Boyata is now prepared to stay at Eastlands after all and fight for his first-team place next season after having been won over by new head coach Manuel Pellegrini, according to reports in the Sun.

The highly rated Belgium international has been with the mega-rich Premier League outfit for his whole career to date, having first arrived in the north west in 2006, although it was not until January 2010 that the centre back actually made his debut for City in an FA Cup tie against Middlesbrough.

However, despite making 24 appearances for the club over the course of the next 18 months, Boyata found himself used mainly as a bit-part player by previous City boss Roberto Mancini, spending more time warming the substitutes’ bench than actually playing under the Italian.

So much so that the 22-year-old undertook a season-long loan spell at Championship outfit Bolton Wanderers in the 2011-12 campaign, where he scored one goal in his 17 appearances for the club, before  Boyata was then once again shipped out on loan at the start of last season, with the central defender having a six-month spell at Eredivisie outfit FC Twente.

But the Belgium is understood to have been hugely impressed with City’s recently appointed manager after recently having conducted face-to-face talks with the Chilean, who gave Boyata assurances that he does have a future at the club going forward.


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