Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has stressed the importance of retaining Dedryck Boyata at the club as the Belgian runs down his deal with the Scottish Champions.
Boyata, who featured in all three of the Red Devils’ World Cup group fixtures, is in the final year of his current deal.
The 27-year-old is currently enjoying a summer break as he recovers post-Russia.
It has been revealed to Dedryck Boyata that Celtic would like to extend his stay at Parkhead, though, and talks will continue upon his return to Scotland.
Rodgers, who confirmed Tom Rogic will not appear for Wednesday’s second leg against Alashkert, said: “I’ve always said that once he got into the team, he done very, very well.
“He’s an experienced player now and his experience at the World Cup will only benefit him.
“He’s got a year left, he’s a player we’d love to keep, he knows that but naturally, he’s now on holiday, he’ll be relaxing and we’ll pick that up when he gets back.
“He needs to rest and recover but we’ll speak when he gets back.”