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Boyata loaned to Bolton

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Bolton Wanderers have signed defender Dedryck Boyata on a season-long loan from Manchester City.

The 20-year-old, who made his senior international debut for Belgium against Austria last year, becomes the sixth player to join Owen Coyle's squad in the summer transfer window.

The Bolton manager said: "I am delighted that we have completed the loan deal for Dedryck because there was interest from a number of other clubs in taking him on loan.    

Unlike some of the loans City are looking at making, the Boyata move is all about the future. 

It is a move Roberto Mancini can afford to make, with plenty of options centrally to partner Vincent Kompany, but Boyata most definitiely has a big future at the club. Mancini is reportedly very high on Boyata and while Nedum Onouha will be allowed to move on permanently, Boyata - still only 20 years old - was only ever going to be moving for the 2010/11 season, something that he needed to this stage of his development and a point that Boyata admitted.

It isn't a surprise that a number of clubs were reportedly interested in him, but going to Bolton is a good move for him and a place where he should see plenty of playing time. Should Gary Cahill move on before the deadline (August 31st) too the thinking will be that Boyata will assume a greater role at Bolton - something Mancini will no doubt be keen for him to assume.

SBNation's Bolton blog, Lion of Vienna Suite, has their take on the move here.