Boyata To Prove Critics Wrong

  • January 19, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Dedryck Boyata has revealed he is happy to see out the remainder of his loan stay at Bolton, despite speculation linking him with a return to Manchester City.

Boyata is on a season-long loan at the Reebok Stadium, but he has failed to live up to the hype after struggling to hold down a regular place on the Wanderers team.

Following Gary Cahill's transfer to Chelsea on Monday, the 21-year-old partnered David Wheater at the heart of the Bolton defence on Tuesday evening as they secured their passage to the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win over Macclesfield Town.

The Belgium international admits he had heard of rumours linking him with a return to the Etihad Stadium but preferred to stay at the Reebok and prove his critics wrong.

"I heard City may have wanted me to go back when (Vincent) Kompany got sent off," Boyata told The Bolton News.

"They say they haven't got too many defenders but they have. Against Wigan, (Nedum) Onuoha came on, so they have got solutions.

"When I heard they may be needing me there were two reactions. The first was I am going to go back and show what I can do, the second is yes, but when Kompany is coming back you are going to be outside of the team. So, you are in the same position as you were in before.

"What I am doing at Bolton and staying until the end of the season is a better solution."

Boyata's appearance against Macclesfield was only his second in a central defensive position for the Trotters and he believes the club's position will only benefit him in the long-term.

"It was only the second time I had played at centre-half. The first time was against Chelsea and I only played the first half," he said.

"I think this was a good game to show what I can do so I enjoyed it.

"I have learned how to improve my play on the right side since I have been here. As a centre-half, I haven't had the chance to show what I can do until the other night.

"It's been difficult. Sometimes you have a bad start. I am on loan at a team that is struggling, but it's good for me because I have never been in this position before.

"I have had my up and down days and I have been working on my mental side. Even though I have been on the bench or not in the side I have had to learn not to be down and to bounce back.

"For me, it's a good challenge. When you see it from the outside you always say it can't be easy for the players because the team is struggling. But I am here to work and fight and that's what I'm going to do until the end of the season.

"It's not always good to be in a comfortable position all the time. Sometimes you have to be in a bad position to see how you are going to react to it.

"We are at the bottom of the league, but we are looking to bounce back."

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