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Where will Patrick Roberts play next season?

The young Englishman has a clear choice, but City are looking at a few different options.

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Patrick Roberts spent the entire last season as an integral part of Brendan Rodgers’ title-winning Celtic FC side. A report from the Scottish Sun (yeah, I know) suggests that Roberts wants to return to Glasgow on loan, but Manchester City don't see value in that move.

Other clubs being talked about as possible options for Roberts are Southampton and OGC Nice, though the French side recently made a big signing in Allan Saint-Maximin from Monaco, who plays a very similar role to Roberts.

Patrick Roberts is at a very interesting time in his development as a player. The youngster looked very good for Celtic last season in both the Scottish Premier League and the Champions League, but people at City believe Roberts could do with a step up in competition rather than demolishing Scotland with Celtic again. The danger is that young players in the past have spent loan spells riding the bench in bigger leagues, and that is the last thing Roberts needs at the moment.

Southampton and Nice might be tough lineups for Roberts to crack into, especially if he moves now this late in the window. What’s interesting is Roberts hasn't been linked at all with Girona FC, who seems to have almost an entire starting eleven made of City loanees. Perhaps City want to see how Girona fare in La Liga this season first, but a move to Spain playing with potential future teammates wouldn't be a terrible choice for Roberts.

In the end, considering how late we are in the window, Roberts’ best bet might be to return for another year at Celtic. Champions League football and the chance to continue to develop his overall game in a setting he’s clearly comfortable with will likely be the best for the youngster.