Celtic winger Patrick Roberts has revealed that he still is unsure about where he will play next season. According to recent reports, the Manchester City midfielder, who is currently on loan at Celtic Park, has not made up his mind about where he will heading when the transfer window opens this summer.
The 21-year-old joined the Citizens from Fulham in the summer of 2015. He went out on loan at Celtic in the winter transfer period of 2016 and his initial six-month loan deal was extended until June this year. Some sources have recently linked him with a permanent move to the Hoops but as of this moment, his future remains unclear. When asked to address his future in a recent interview, Roberts was quoted to have said,
“We’ll see. I’m just focused on finishing the last few games of the season on a high, like I did last season, and get the trophies we’re aiming for.
“Then I’ll go on holiday and we’ll see where it takes me from there, start the season fresh again and hopefully be injury-free.”
The Bhoys winger has been plagued with injuries this season which has disrupted his development. However, he completed his return from injury and was named on the bench for Celtic’s crucial semi-final clash versus Rangers in the Scottish Cup. Roberts came off the bench to take part in the final 10 minutes of the contest.
The English starlet has made 15 appearances for the Hoops in this campaign, scoring one goal and providing 5 assists in all competitions.
The Citizens of Manchester are currently sitting at the top of the league rankings with a staggering 16 point advantage going into the final few matches of the season. Guardiola’s City have already secured the Carabao Cup earlier this year but their underwhelming performance in the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League this season will be a cause for concern. The Blues are in need of some injection of quality in the off-season so that they can establish their dominance in both domestic and European football.
Retaining some of their top young players could go a long way in helping them build for a bigger and brighter future. City have the likes of Bernardo Silva, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and David Silva vying for a place in their first-team. The addition of Roberts will definitely add more competition for places in Guardiola’s squad next season. However, it is essential for the English wide man to play first-team football regularly in order to grow and develop his game which City might struggle to provide for the time being. Hence, another loan deal seems like the best option for all parties.
It remains to be seen what lies ahead in the future of Roberts and whether he ends up returning to the Etihad Stadium this summer.