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Official: Man City Confirm Deadline-Day Departure Of 'English Messi'

Manchester City have announced that one of their players, who was previously dubbed the "English Lionel Messi", left the club on deadline day.

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The Citizens had a quiet January window, but confirmed on Tuesday morning that Patrick Roberts has joined Derby County on loan.

"City winger Patrick Roberts has joined Derby County on loan for the remainder of the season," a statement on the club's official website read.

"The 23-year-old has previously enjoyed loan spells with Celtic, Girona FC, Norwich City and Middlesbrough.

"He will now continue his development with the Championship side for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.

"Everyone at Manchester City would like to take the opportunity to wish Patrick all the best on his latest loan move."

Scroll through the gallery below to see more players who were the dubbed the "next Messi":

Roberts was dubbed the "English Messi" during the early days of his career, and was even endorsed as one of the best young talents in the game by the Argentine himself, but has since largely failed to live up to expectations.

He was on loan at Middlesbrough in the first half of this campaign, but returned to City after starting just five games.

Read: Transfer Deadline Day: Latest Confirmed Deals

He joined the Citizens in 2015, and has made just three first-team appearances for the Premier League side since.


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