DEDRYCK BOYATA has spoken to Belgian Newspaper de Zondag about his career so far and how he sees things in general.
The Celtic defender comes off very well in the article, a grounded star and it paints a completely different picture of him.
After the summer window with Boyata looking like he was trying to work his ticket out of the club and refusing to play in Celtic’s qualifiers, many fans put him down as another football mercenary.
Since then, Boyata has made up for it with his performances but as the clock ticks down on his current Celtic deal and no sign of a new deal in the offing – many feel he’s waiting on a big money deal to come through from the Premier League.
However, seeing his comments on the money flowing around football in de Zondag, the player doesn’t seem to put too much importance on chasing a higher wage.
“I have that Congolese culture in me. I do not only play football for myself. I want to give something back to my parents. Despite everything, I received a good education.”
“They can now also lead a better life. My father has his own transport company. I am grateful to be in this position.
“Football players enjoy a status that is actually unjustified. I know what my mother has to do for her wages.
“In comparison, footballers earn too much money. But I stay away from that fake stuff. That is because of my background. I was not a big star when I was 18 and I’m not now.”
Fulham are said to be monitoring his situation and could come in this January for the player. Maybe he just fancies a move to test himself in the Premier League or maybe this is an eye opener and Celtic could yet re-sign the defender.