Register Login Scores

English Premier League

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.

Read: Baxter Fired After Shock 'Rape' Comments

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.

 

The Top Goalscorers In Europe So Far This Season

Official: Liverpool Announce Deadline-Day Signing

Official: Man Utd Confirm Big-Name Departure

comments

Top 5

Sundowns, SSU To Seal Swap Deal For Goalkeepers?

118 Jun 27, 2022 12:14 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Neymar Told 'No.10 Jersey Is Waiting For Him' At EPL Side

Jul 01, 2022 12:28 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar/Mbappe Watch

Johnson Leads Race For Royal AM Job?

9 Jun 27, 2022 11:58 AM in Siyagobhoza

14 Stars Set To Become Free Agents On 1 July

Jun 30, 2022 09:27 AM in World News

Downs Vilakazi's Four Potential Suitors

40 Jun 27, 2022 09:51 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Chiefs New Signings Based On Stats, Glory Days Looming?

82 Jun 28, 2022 12:45 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

10 Deals Expected To Be Confirmed This Week

Jun 27, 2022 08:26 PM in World News

Chiefs’ ‘Monster’ Finally Arrives At Naturena

75 Jun 27, 2022 02:18 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Watch: Pirates Parade New Signings

38 Jun 27, 2022 02:28 PM in Orlando Pirates

55 Years Of Doc: How Khumalo Celebrated On Exotic Island

1 Jun 27, 2022 03:06 PM in Footballers & Chill

Contracts At Naturena: What Each New Chiefs Player Signed

44 Jun 21, 2022 08:12 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Mane Breaks Silence On Liverpool Exit

7 Jun 22, 2022 09:29 AM in Bundesliga News

Pirates To Make Decision On 7 Loan Returnees

5 Jun 20, 2022 04:19 PM in Orlando Pirates

Report: Lukaku's Chelsea Exit Confirmed

Jun 22, 2022 08:25 AM in English Premier League

Chiefs Target Back In Europe

4 Jun 20, 2022 03:51 PM in Kaizer Chiefs