The England youth international has re-signed for the Hoops on a year-long loan deal, following his hugely successful spell in Glasgow during last season.
Some supporters would’ve been desperate to see Roberts put pen-to-paper on a more long-term basis with the club and the 20-year-old says Brendan Rodgers and his board did broach the subject with City’s hierarchy.
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City agreed a deal potentially worth £12 million with Fulham when they signed Roberts back in 2015, and speaking via the BBC at his unveiling today, he said:
“Celtic wanted to sign me permanently but City didn’t want to sell me.
“From that point of view it’s good that [Manchester City manager] Pep [Guardiola] and the team there want to keep me involved.
“Letting me come here to carry on my development with the manager and the team is good as well.
“They’ll have full interest in me, which is good.
“Going into training today, [it] doesn’t feel like I’ve been away at all. Just to get back into things again will be good for me.
“It was a long pre-season and it could’ve been any time I came back. But that’s not down to me, I have to keep playing my football wherever I am.
“Manchester City were good to me – we had a few chats and they understood my position.
“Me wanting to come back here was [in my best interests] and, at the end of the day, I’m the one playing the football, so I’ve got to be the one making the decision. They were really good to me and allowed it to happen.
“I knew that Brendan Rodgers and all the coaches wanted me back and that I’d love to be back. Once the two clubs agreed [a deal] it was more or less go – it was just about when.
“Obviously, a few fans were getting frustrated and I’m just glad it’s all sorted and I can kick on for the rest of the season.”
Despite only returning to Celtic on loan, Roberts has been handed the club’s epochal number seven jersey, previously worn by legends such as Henrik Larsson and Jimmy Johnstone.
Do you think there’s still a chance Celtic could sign Roberts permanently in the future? Interestingly, the wingers doesn’t divulge if he’d have taken the opportunity to sign permanently.
What do you think of his comments?