MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 03: Dedryck Boyata of Manchester City challenges Jordan Henderson of Sunderland during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Sunderland at the City of Manchester Stadium on April 3, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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.