Top target confirms Celtic as next destination

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Manchester City winger Patrick Robert has opened the door for a return to Celtic after revealing to the Manchester Evening News that manager Pep Guardiola has left him in the dark over his future at the Etihad Stadium.

Since he joined the reigning Premier League champions in a £12 million move from Fulham back in 2015, the 21-year-old has failed to break through to the first-team at the Manchester club and has spent the last two-and-a-half years on loan at Celtic Park.

Roberts has helped the Hoops to lift seven trophies during his time under manager Brendan Rodgers and played 19 games across all competitions the previous season as the Scottish giants secured a historic double treble.

When questioned over his future, the England under-20 international seemed uncertain as to where he will ply his trade once the transfer window slams shut on 9th August but refused to rule out another loan spell at Parkhead.

“No [I’ve not spoken to Guardiola], I’m just here to train, work hard and get my fitness up,” Roberts is quoted as saying.

“We’ll see what happens. I know the window closes soon. If something happens before then, great. We’ll have to see what happens. I can’t really say anything. We’ll have to see what’s best for me. But right now, I don’t know. We’ll see.”

“Obviously I said at the end of the season that I spent a good two and a half years there and my time was brilliant,” the winger added.

“You never know in football. I’ve said before that I could end up back there at some point but right now I’m just looking at what’s best for me and best for my future.”

With his squad brimming with lots of attacking talent, Guardiola is unlikely to turn too often to Roberts throughout the campaign, with the likes of Leroy Sane, Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling all ahead of the Englishman in the pecking order.

Having gotten a taste of regular first-team football during his time with the Scottish Champions, the winger is likely to seek more of the same this term and it would be no surprise to see the wide man to spend another term away from the Premier League club.