Celtic successfully managed to bring in one attacking midfielder in on loan from Manchester City in the summer, re-signing Patrick Roberts for the 2017/18 season, but Brendan Rodgers failed with a late window swoop for his teammate, Phil Foden.

Foden has earned rave reviews in the Manchester City youth setup and Rodgers was keen to bring the teenager in on loan for the season, and was ready to pay a £1.5m loan fee but Pep Guardiola decided he wanted to keep Foden in and around the first-team squad at the Etihad.

The 17-year-old has been an unused sub for City three times in the Premier League this season and Guardiola sees him as a long-term replacement for David Silva.

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A number of Championship and Premier League clubs contacted City about taking the England U18 international on loan for the season but Guardiola outright rejected every approach for the talented playmaker.

Celtic also signed midfielder Olivier Ntcham from City in the summer and clearly have a strong relationship with the Premier League side, opening the door to potential deals down the line.

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