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Manchester City starlet rejects U-20 World Cup place to complete loan spell

Manchester City youngster Patrick Roberts has made the slightly controversial move of opting to remain at his loan club, Celtic, rather than go to the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea with England.

The 20-year-old has already won the Scottish Premiership and Scottish League Cup with Celtic this season, but can help them to a treble when the Hoops face Aberdeen in Scottish Cup Final later this month.

Roberts has been involved in a club vs. country tussle as he is a key part of England’s under-20 set-up, but the club has won, with Celtic releasing a statement to confirm the winger’s decision.

Roberts, who is due to return to his parent club this summer and could feature on the pre-season tour of the United States, said:

“I have enjoyed my time with Celtic immensely and from day one at the Club it has felt like home. It is a special place and it has been a privilege to be part of the success we have enjoyed.

“We have had a brilliant season so far and in such a special year for the Club I want to be part of everything here. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and now I will focus on continuing to do all I can for Celtic.

“I spoke to the gaffer and this is just something I really wanted to do.

“I have a great relationship with everyone around the England squad and I wish all the other lads and the management and backroom team the very best for the World Cup in South Korea.”

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