The Transfer Tavern’s Manchester City patrons are propping up the bar and discussing the rather bemusing goalkeeping situation at the Eithad Stadium.
One of Pep Guardiola’s first significant acts as City boss was allowing Joe Hart to leave for Torino on a season-long loan, bringing in Barcelona’s Claudio Bravo as the England No.1’s replacement.
But the Chile international, who has represented his country on a whopping 111 occasions, has struggled in the Premier League, making just 26 saves in 19 top flight appearances and keeping only four clean sheets. Rather tellingly, City’s win-rate jumps up by 24% when Bravo isn’t in the starting line-up.
The 33-year-old has recently lost his No.1 berth to understudy Willy Caballero, who has kept his place in the starting Xi since the start of February.
However, Bravo has insisted he’s still happy at the Etihad Stadium, whilst dismissing speculation that he’s working with a psychologist or an English teacher to help him settle into life in the Premier League.
As quoted by The Telegraph, he said; “It’s all false, that I’m looking for another place to play because I want to leave, things that are not true. I’m happy in England and so is my family.
“The issue that I was not playing came out, many examples of fake news have come out. Things that, above all, have no information about them. Many things also come out from this country that are not true – that I have a psychologist, or an English teacher to have a faster adaptation.”
However, with Caballero’s contract due to expire, it seems City will be in the market for a goalkeeper this summer one way or the other.
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