We are delighted to announce that club captain Dedryck Boyata has on Thursday signed a contract to remain a Hertha BSC player until 2024. This comes as more good news for Hertha fans after their win in the first round of the DFB-Pokal on Sunday against SV Meppen. “Dedryck is an important player for us; he’s a leader and has a great personality, and he is integral to our plans, so we’re happy to get this deal squared away early. With his quality and experience he’s going to be a cornerstone of the squad for the next few years”, said our sporting director Fredi Bobic on the news. Boyata also feels positive about the next few years with the ‘Old Lady’: “I always felt trusted by the coaches, even in the periods when I was injured. Because of that, I want to give something back to them in the next few years. This club has huge potential and we want to set the foundations for sporting success here.”
The 30-year-old joined Hertha in 2019 and has played 49 competitive games in a blue and white shirt, scoring five goals and notching one assist. Last season, the centre-back was named the playing captain of the club. As a Belgian international, the right-footed player has won 25 caps, and played in EURO 2020 this year, as well as the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Before joining Hertha, he spent four seasons at Celtic in Scotland, winning the league in every season and either the league cup or Scottish cup in three. In 2007, Boyata moved from his hometown of Brussels to Manchester, where he made his professional debut with Manchester City in 2009. He made his Premier League debut for the Citizens in 2010 and left for Glasgow with 35 games under his belt for the English champions. His career highlights in Manchester consisted of a Premier League and league cup double in 2014, as well as an FA Cup title in 2011. With loan moves to Bolton Wanderers and FC Twente in his career, the 6"2' defender has gained a great deal of both domestic and international experience.