Patrick Roberts eyes Premier League return after Celtic loan

Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts, who's on loan at Celtic, would like to play for a top club in England.

Celtic loanee Patrick Roberts insists he would like to play in the Premier League next season.

The 21-year-old Manchester City winger moved on loan to Celtic Park in 2016 and the deal was extended last summer until June.

He has won a third straight title with Celtic and is looking forward to facing Motherwell in the Scottish Cup final live on Sky Sports next week.

But it would appear that the England Under-20 international would like to continue his career back in England.

He told Sky Sports News: “I’ve enjoyed my football [with Celtic] and everyone knows that. But you also have to look at the bigger picture and I have certain ambitions in my head and places that I want to be.

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“To get there I need to come out of my comfort zone and try to reach those targets, but playing for Celtic has been a dream come true and I’ve enjoyed every minute.”

Roberts was pressed on whether he would like to make his mark in the Premier League next season.

“Hopefully, that’s the main aim. Being an English player and having come through the system in the Premier League [the ambition] is to play for a top club in the Premier League.

“I’m at one now with Manchester City and they’re doing well but you’ve got to look at yourself, and what’s best for you, and try to pick the best option possible.

“When the time comes we’ll see. I’ll enjoy the summer and the rest of this season and when it comes to July, kick on from there.”

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It would appear that Sunday’s final Scottish Premiership game of the season against Aberdeen, also live on Sky Sports, could be Roberts’ last appearance at Celtic Park.

He will then have the Scottish Cup final to focus on before turning his attention to discussions with City’s hierarchy.

“They’re letting me crack on here,” he added. “They’re concentrating on their season but I will [have talks] towards pre-season when I get back in with them and I’ll see what happens then.”