Derby County have today finalized the signing of young Belgian center half Dedryck Boyata, the youngster was made available for transfer at the beginning of October and Adam Martin wasted no time and jumped at the opportunity.
Derby County Swoop For Boyata
The young Belgian already has 1 full international cap to his name, as well as 10 U21 caps too.
Boyata is set to link up with his new club on the 1st January 2014 when the market re-opens and has had this to say:
"I'm looking forward to linking up with my new gaffer and team mates, It's great for me to finally be getting first team football, that was one of the main reasons of coming here. Look I had two choices, sit in the reserves and get paid and not play or search for somewhere to be a regular part of, It was a no brainer for me, no disrespect to Man City because they have helped me so much in my short career but for me to develop as a footballer I had to move to get first team football and the gaffer has promised me it here, I am looking forward to the next chapter in my career here at Derby, the fans are really special and I hope I can win them over and help to push for promotion... Up The Rams!"
Derby boss Martin had this to say on the subject:
"Listen, Dedryck is a quality player, and he's only going to get better! I received a text off his agent about him being made available because he wanted to get some football, how could I possibly turn it down? He's got bags of talent and potential. Plus with the injury crisis we currently have in this position it only seemed right that we should go in for him, and at a cut price of £160k too, what a coup! I look forward to meeting up with the lad and hope he fits in well here and has a bright future in the game!"
Boyata will wear the No. 26 jersey for Derby this season, the shirt is already on sale at the Derby Official Store, you can grab your own here at www.derbycountfc.co.uk/officialstore