Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is hopeful of keeping winger Patrick Roberts permanently if they can convince the player that the Scottish club is the right move for him.
Roberts is six months in to an 18-month loan deal at Celtic Park from Manchester City, and speaking to the Daily Record, Rodgers said he believes that the loan spell can be used to sell the club to the 19-year-old if he chooses to leave the Premier League side in the future:
“If he’s had a good experience with us, we probably stand a greater chance of bringing him here on a permanent basis. If he has a good experience and plays well, he might just end up signing for the club at a later time.
“So I don’t see it as developing players for other clubs. He’s still a Manchester City player and I assume he has a few years left on his contract there.”
Roberts signed for City from Fulham for £12m last summer and made three appearances (one in the Premier League and two in the Capital One Cup) before being allowed to leave to gain more first team experience at Celtic.
Although only initially used from the bench by Ronny Deila, he established himself in the first-team under the Norwegian boss and became an integral member of the side, playing on the right wing, late last term.