Confirmed: Celtic in talks to seal deal for £12m forward
By Alex Stevens
Celtic are in talks to extend the contract of on-loan Manchester City wide forward Patrick Roberts.
Parkhead manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted the runaway Scottish Premiership leaders are keen to extend Roberts’ spell at the club beyond the summer.
The teenage winger is 12 months into an 18-month loan from the Premier League club that was agreed under Rodgers’ predecessor Ronny Deila.
The Celtic boss has carefully managed the game time of Roberts, 19, this season and he has made a major impact in the team’s dominance of Scottish football.
Roberts has scored four goals and supplied six assists in 28 matches, spread across 1,446 minutes of action, for Celtic this season, with his most memorable contribution a stunning goal against his parent club City in the Champions League group stages.
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Rodgers explained how he is in discussions with City about a longer agreement.
“I want to work with talented players but it’s about what City see as the next stage of Patrick’s development,” the Celtic manager said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“I have only been in for the last six months of his time here but I think it has been a fruitful period.
“He seems to be really enjoying his time here and has grown really close with the squad. There will be dialogue between now and the summer in terms of where he is at.
“Patrick is very important for us, whether he starts or comes off the bench. His talent is there for all to see.”
The former Fulham player, who joined City from the London outfit for a deal rising to £12million in the summer of 2014, has principally played on the right side of the front line.
He is contracted to the fifth-placed team in the Premier League until 2020.
In other Celtic transfer news, it has been confirmed that the club have sealed a January midfielder deal with an English club.