Report: Celtic want Phil Foden; but Manchester City will not loan starlet

Celtic's head coach Brendan Rodgers reacts during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Glasgow Celtic at Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris...

Celtic are among the sides interested in Manchester City sensation Phil Foden, but the Premier League heavyweights are not keen to do a deal.

Phil Foden #80 of Manchester City attempts to move around Marouane Fellaini #27 of Manchester United at NRG Stadium on July 20, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

According to a report from the Daily Mirror, Celtic's hopes of bringing Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden on loan during the January transfer window have been dashed.

Foden is one of the brightest prospects currently trying to make the grade at the Etihad Stadium, and the Mirror reports that the Hoops have been joined in a long line by Premier League and Championship sides as they all try and lure the 17-year-old away during the coming window.

Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola shouts instructions to his players from the touchline during the Group F football match between Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk at the...

However, the Mirror adds that Pep Guardiola wants to keep Foden - who made his first-team debut in the recent Champions League win over Feyenoord, coming on as a late substitute - around and feels that his development would benefit the most by staying where he is.

Therefore, it appears that the likes of Celtic will have to look elsewhere if they hope to boost their options in the middle of the park in January.

Brendan Rodgers may have perhaps been hoping that the relationship the two sides have built up over the two loan deals that have been agreed for Patrick Roberts in recent times may have helped their cause.

Celtic Manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on May 27, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Foden is undoubtedly a talent, and would have surely been capable of making an impact in the Scottish Premiership had he signed, but perhaps missing out may not be the worst thing that could happen to Celtic.

The teenager's future definitely looks to be at City right now, so perhaps Rodgers will take the snub as an opportunity to look at players who can provide a long-term answer for the Hoops as they look to keep progressing, especially on the continental scene.

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