It has been a relatively comfortable footballing baptism for one of England’s more promising hopes over the next decade. 

While he is yet to pull up roots at the highest level, Patrick Roberts’ progress hasn’t exactly been prohibitive.  

This is someone who Pep Guardiola clearly has a plan for, indicated by Manchester City’s latest plans to loan him to their La Liga affiliate club, Girona. 

As a move nears, the 21-year-old winger who has spent the last two-and-a-half seasons on loan at Celtic, will continue his education in an arena which will school him in the finer technical elements of the game against better quality opposition. 

Having scored 16 goals in his first 17 appearances in Scotland, Roberts will be hoping to get off to a similar start in Spain and aim to get on England manager Gareth Southgate’s radar for the European Championship qualifying games. 

According to Catalan Radio, a move is close to being finalised, despite there also being interest from Ligue 1 outfits Bordeaux, Rennes and St Etienne. 

City are currently well-stocked for wingers, with Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane, Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus and recent addition Riyad Mahrez in their squad and a move to Girona just might make sense in the long term.

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