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Manchester City Goalkeeper Leaves As Contract Ends


Manchester City have confirmed Claudio Bravo has left the club following the end of his contract.

Claudio Bravo’s form was rarely consistent, and he spent the rest of his City career as back-up to Ederson following his move from Benfica in 2017.

The 37-year-old Chilean goalkeeper signed from Barcelona in 2016 after two years with the Blaugrana.

His arrival at Manchester City came shortly after Pep Guardiola took over as manager, helping to establish the Catalan’s possession-based philosophy.

Guardiola favoured Claudio Bravo’s skillset – specifically his greater passing ability – to that of previous first-choice shot-stopper Joe Hart and he made 30 appearances in all competitions in his debut season.

 Claudio Bravo leaves having won two Premier League titles and two EFL Cups.

While his next move is uncertain, Claudio Bravo has been most prominently linked with Celtic and Real Betis, who will be coached by former City boss Manuel Pellegrini next season.

The Chile goalkeeper was one of Pep Guardiola’s first signings when he joined City for £17.1m in August 2016.

Bravo, capped 123 times by his country, won the Premier League and the EFL Cup twice during his time in England.

Bravo was made first choice on his arrival at the Etihad Stadium, after Guardiola decided against continuing with former No 1 Joe Hart, and he went on to make 30 appearances in all competitions in his debut season.

He then became Ederson’s deputy following the Brazilian’s arrival at the club a year later and since then his first-team opportunities have largely been limited to cup competitions.

The 37-year-old, who missed the majority of the 2018/19 season with a ruptured Achilles tendon, made 61 appearances for City.



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