Saturday 7 December 2019

Caballero completes City switch

Willy Caballero has signed for Manchester City from Spanish side Malaga
Willy Caballero has signed for Manchester City from Spanish side Malaga

Manchester City have announced the signing of goalkeeper Willy Caballero from Malaga on a three-year contract.

The 32-year-old Argentinian has moved for an undisclosed fee in a switch that sees him reunited with City boss Manuel Pellegrini.

The pair previously worked together at Malaga after Pellegrini signed Caballero for the Spanish outfit in 2011.

Barclays Premier League champions City have been looking for a new goalkeeper to provide competition for first-choice stopper Joe Hart following Costel Pantilimon's release at the end of last season.

Caballero is City's third new signing of the summer, with midfielder Fernando and full-back Bacary Sagna the other arrivals.

Caballero told "I am very happy, and really looking forward to the start of pre-season and performing well to help the team.

"This is a new challenge and a new league for me. I have been doing well in the previous years and my goal is to go on and hopefully perform at the same level for City."

Caballero is determined to push Hart for the starting spot.

"I know I am coming to a big club with a very good goalkeeper," Caballero said.

"City already have a great goalkeeper in Joe Hart, but I will try and compete for the number one spot. I will do my best in the training sessions."

Caballero began his career in his homeland with Boca Juniors and then moved to Spain in 2004, spending seven years with Elche before linking up with Pellegrini at Malaga, with whom he gained Champions League experience.

The goalkeeper added: "The most beautiful moments of my career were under Manuel Pellegrini in Malaga, where we achieved big things and we made Malaga's name known around Europe.

"As for my new team-mates, I have a very good relationship with Martin Demichelis, but I've never met Pablo Zabaleta and Sergio Aguero (City's three other Argentinian players).

"It's something I'm looking forward to. For me it is very good to have people from Argentina in the squad because I think it will be very helpful."

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