Rodgers: Celtic in talks to retain Patrick Roberts beyond current loan

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Celtic are in talks to extend the contract of on-loan Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts. Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted the Scottish Premiership leaders are keen to extend Roberts’ spell at the club beyond the summer as they hope his development can continue under his tutelage.

With just six months remaining on his current loan deal with the Scottish champions, Rodgers wants to retain Roberts beyond his loan deal which expires in July.

The Celtic boss has carefully managed the game time of Roberts, 19, this season and he has made a significant impact in the team’s dominance of Scottish football.

“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.”

As Manchester City are set to lose Jesus Navas in the summer as the Spaniard’s contract expires at the Etihad, Roberts is expected to return to City and replace the Spanish World Cup winner.

Roberts contract expires in 2020 after signing a five-year deal in the summer of 2015 when he completed a £12million move from Fulham.

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