Patrick Roberts has revealed that Celtic attempted to sign him on a permanent deal – but parent club Manchester City were reluctant to sell.
The winger was officially unveiled at Parkhead today after re-joining the Hoops on a one-year loan deal on Monday.
Roberts revealed that the Hoops wanted to bring him to Parkhead full-time but the bid was vetoed by City boss Pep Guardiola.
And now the Hoops fan’s favourite admits he is keen to use Celtic’s Champions League charge to impress the Spanish manager.
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He said: “Celtic wanted to sign me permanently but City being my parent club didn’t want to sell me so from that point of view it’s good that Pep still wants to keep me involved.”
“There’s always a chance (I could return to City). It’s all about how you perform and my mindset is to improve every day then hopefully reach the highest level I can be.
“City were good with me and obviously understood my position.
“Me wanting to come back here was in the best interests of myself and at the end of the day I’m the one playing the football so I have to be the one making those decisions.
“They were really good with me and allowed that to happen.”
Roberts scored 17 goals in green and white last season and has now been handed the famous number 7 shirt as he looks to build on his impressive 18 month stint in Scottish football.
The move has been described as being a major boost to Brendan Rodgers and his Champions League aspirations, as the Celts go up against Euro giants Bayern Munich and PSG in their group fixtures.
The winger linked up with his teammates this morning for a training session at the club’s Lennoxtown base.
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He added: “Being in the Champions League gives us players a big buzz and I can’t wait to get started.
“It’s a good draw, we enjoy playing against these kind of teams. They will come here and face some big pressure with the fans and the way we play as a team. Hopefully we can be a surprise package this year.
“Of course we have a realistic chance of qualifying out of the group. You have to play the best teams in Europe anyway if you want to go far so we will take it in our stride.”
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