Manchester City wouldn’t have sold young winger Patrick Roberts to Celtic even if they had offered £30million for him, Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed.
After much speculation and interest in his future, Roberts finally got the move back to Glasgow he’d sought, rejoining Celtic on a season-long loan deal a week ago today.
However, Rodgers has claimed that the Scottish champions would have been willing to smash their transfer record to sign the 20-year-old permanently, but City were unwilling to sell the hot prospect.
“We would have broken our transfer record for Patrick Roberts,” Rodgers said while at a Belfast fundraiser for the Northern Ireland Hospice.
“We wanted to find the deal that would get him back here.
“We could have offered Manchester City £30 million and they would have said no. They didn’t want to sell. So the best option was to get him back on loan.”
It is unclear how much of a future Roberts has at City, but the player himself said recently that Celtic had tried to make a permanent move happen, only to learn that City wanted to keep him – suggesting they have plans for him in future.
For now, Patrick will continue his development at Celtic, and by the end of his loan spell will have spent two-and-a-half seasons at the club.