Luis Enrique refuses to dismiss Claudio Bravo speculation

Barcelona's Claudio Bravo concedes Liverpool's fourth goal scored by Marko Grujic

The Barcelona goalkeeper has been linked with a move to Manchester City.

Barcelona's Claudio Bravo concedes Liverpool's fourth goal scored by Marko GrujicBarcelona's Claudio Bravo concedes Liverpool's fourth goal scored by Marko Grujic

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has not ruled out the possibility of goalkeeper Claudio Bravo leaving the La Liga champions, according to talkSPORT.

Bravo has been heavily linked with Manchester City, who dropped first choice keeper Joe Hart in Saturday's 2-1 Premier League opening day victory over Sunderland.

It has been reported that Sky Blues boss Pep Guardiola has dropped Hart with a view to raiding his former club for the Chile international.

Barcelona manager Luis EnriqueBarcelona manager Luis Enrique

However, Enrique has refused to distance himself from the speculation surrounding his goalkeeper, or that of any of his players.

"I understand the rumour mill is attractive but I don't want to and mustn't get involved in all that," he said at his pre-match conference before Barcelona's Spanish Supercup second leg encounter with Sevilla.

"What interests me is the final of the Supercup, gaining a title which is attractive for us."

"I think, though I could be wrong, that some players are going to come in and I think that also some are going to leave."

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While rumours continue to persist over Bravo's future, his teammate Javier Mascherano hopes the 33-year-old stays at the Nou Camp.

"We don't know anything. I don't know what the truth is. When a team-mate decides to leave it's because it's the best decision to take," Mascherano said.

"Claudio gives us a lot, hopefully he'll stay. He's been a very important part of our team, but I don't know what his decision is. If he decides to go I will understand because we are professionals and we look for what's best for us and our family."

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola loooks dejectedManchester City manager Pep Guardiola loooks dejected

Bravo is a seasoned veteran and has been Barcelona's first choice keeper for the best part of two seasons.

A move to the Etihad Stadium would put Hart's future at the club in serious doubt and, with Guardiola seemingly considering his options in the market, has pinpointed Bravo as a worthy replacement for the England international.

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