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PEP CONGRATULATES ROBERTS – AND CONSIDERS BRINGING HIM BACK TO CITY

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PEP GUARDIOLA admitted he is considering a Manchester City return for Patrick Roberts who has been on loan at Celtic since January.
The 19-year-old winger, whose temporary deal ends in June, emphasised his quality with a stunning goal against his parent club in the 1-1 Champions League draw at the Etihad last night.
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Roberts’ driving run and left-foot finish in the fourth minute was the ideal way to catch the eye of the City boss.
Guardiola said: “He was good, especially the goal which was fantastic. He played well, he’s a good player. We are going to think about him at the end of the season.’

Roberts was pleased with his display and revealed he was congratulated by the Etihad gaffer after the game.

“He said: ‘Well done’, so that was nice of him,” said the tricky touchline performer who cost City £12million when he joined them from Fulham in July 2015.

“It is not every day you get to score in the Champions League, especially in a stadium like this against a team like that, so I am very pleased.”
Hoops manager Brendan Rodgers is convinced Roberts has a bright future ahead of him at City although there is the chance the champions may attempt the English giants to allow him to extend his loan contract at Parkhead..

He said: “It couldn’t have been easy for him, but the kid showed his quality.

“Patrick showed he’s in the right place at this stage of his career. It’s no good him sitting on the bench. It’s great that City allow him to play in a game like this.

“I’m sure he’ll come back here in the summer and Pep and his staff will have a real good look at him. They will be really encouraged with what they’ve seen here.”

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