La Liga goalkeeper claims Pellegrini wanted him at City

Joe Hart

Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero has stated that he turned down the opportunity to move to the Etihad Stadium over the summer.

After the transfer window closes, all the gossip of players who could have moved here or teams that trying to bring players there come gushing out. One such confession has been divulged by Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero, who claims that Manchester City were keen to bring him to England this summer.

With Manuel Pellegrini switching from the La Liga side to the Etihad Stadium during the off-season, the Argentine stopper has told reporters that he had the option to follow his former boss to England.

"I talked with Manuel Pellegrini before he left Malaga," Caballero said, quoted in The Sun.

"I knew of his intention to take me with him to Manchester City. But I was unsure whether he would stick with the same keepers he had already."

Caballero is not the only goalkeeper linked with City this summer. Iker Casillas’ future at Real Madrid is reportedly up in the air, with both Pellegrini’s men and Arsenal linked with a move for the Spain international over the summer.

City winger Jesus Navas stated that he would love to see Casillas follow him to Manchester.

“We all know what a great keeper he is and the importance he has inside the team. At City there are great goalkeepers but Iker would be a great addition,” the ex-Sevilla wideman said.

These reports suggest a lack of confidence in current City and England number one Joe Hart, who has seen his position at club and country seemingly come under threat of late.

The former Shrewsbury Town keeper has become a victim of his own success, with the English stopper setting the highest of standards for himself. Arguably the best goalkeeper in the Premier League when at his best, a dip in form and the occasional mistake has seen many question his worth.

For City to even be considering bringing in an established goalkeeper to the club is absolute folly. Hart certainly has not been at his very best over the last six months but that is no reason to even consider his place. The 26-year-old played a significant role in City’s Premier League title success in 2011-12, and is simply going through a rough spell.

At international level, Hart has proven that he is good enough to play for England and can be depended upon, but a number of questionable incidents of late have tarnished his reputation slightly. That said, without the City stopper who else would Roy Hodgson turn to?

Hart is a top-drawer goalkeeper and to even consider replacing him at club or national level is madness.

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