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‘CELTIC? YOU NEVER KNOW,’ ROBERTS

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PATRICK ROBERTS has refused to rule out a sensational THIRD spell at Celtic.

The 21-year-old winger was originally brought in from Manchester City on an 18-month loans deal by ex-boss Ronny Deila in January 2016.

That was extended at the start of last season after impressing Brendan Rodgers.

Roberts returned to the Etihad at the end of the double treble campaign and insisted he would fight for a place in City’s big-money squad.

However, the player today revealed he has yet to discuss his future with manager Pep Guardiola which has fuelled speculation he could be on the move again.

He rarely featured in the club’s pre-season tour of USA and, with the English transfer deadline due in 10 days’ time, there have been no firm bids for the talented attacker although he has been linked with Leicester City.

Asked if a return to Celtic was a possibility, Roberts answered: “Obviously, I said at the end of the season that I spent a good two-and-a-half years there and my time was brilliant.

“You never know in football. I’ve said before that I could end up back there at some point, but right now I’m just looking at what’s best for me and best for my future.”

Rodgers was keen to make the deal permanent 12 months ago for Roberts who has won a remarkable seven honours at the Hoops.

However, despite a fee of £8million being discussed, contractual problems arose and all three parties agreed on a season-long loan.

Although the English window will close on August 9, clubs from other European countries will be allowed to make a move for the former England Under-20 international who cost City £12million when he switched from Fulham in July 2015.

 
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