Brendan Rodgers says Celtic would love to keep Patrick Roberts

The Celtic team celebrate victory and winning the leauge after the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on April 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Patrick Roberts reportedly wants a return to the Premier League, but Rodgers is still keen on having him at Celtic.

Patrick Roberts of Celtic arrives at the stadium prior to the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on April 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that the Scottish giants would love to keep Manchester City loanee Patrick Roberts following the end of his loan deal.

The 21-year-old has spent the last two-and-a-half seasons at Parkhead since arriving in January 2016, and he allegedly wants to return to the English Premier League and prove himself.

West Ham United and Leicester City are reportedly preparing to table summer bids for Roberts, but Rodgers is hoping the English winger will agree to return to Celtic having been impressed with his performances.

Patrick Roberts of Celtic (C) celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City FC and Celtic FC at Etihad Stadium on December...

“Pat will go back to Manchester City; he’s had a fantastic two-and-a-half years here," the Northern Irishman told The Scottish Sun.

“He’s a player we’d love to keep, he’s a fantastic young player.

“But the understanding has always been pretty clear that at the end of the season he’d go back to Manchester City and take it from there.”

Roberts has seen injuries hinder his development since arriving Scotland, spending a total of 158 days on the treatment table over the course of four injury spells.

Declan John of Rangers is challenged by Patrick Roberts of Celtic during the Scottish Cup Semi Final match between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 15, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Nevertheless, the former Fulham starlet has managed to score 18 goals in 70 appearances, and he remains capable of reaching the peak of his attacking powers if he can manage to stay fit.

Saturday’s Scottish Cup Final against Motherwell could be Roberts' last Celtic game if he insists on Premier League football, but the Bhoys will not easily be giving up in their attempt to secure another loan deal for the talented player.

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