Pep Guardiola continues with his work on the team roaster since he took over. The club has confirmed that Claudio Bravo has left the club. The Chile international has departed the Etihad stadium after the expiration of his deal.
Bravo was the first goalkeeper Pep Guardiola signed when he arrived at the Etihad Stadium back in the summer of 2016 for around £15.4m. Bravo, 37, went on to make 61 appearances for City in total. He managed to keep 20 clean sheets. The Chilean had been limited to mainly cup appearances since the arrival of Ederson from Benfica back in the summer of 2017.
The deal with the goalkeeper was set to end earlier but it was extended to cover for the full season due to the Covid-19 disruption. City have now confirmed on their official website that the former Barcelona shot stopper has now departed the club.
Bravo was signed by Guardiola in 2016. The Catalan tactician saw the player as the man who can best implement his brand of football. He wanted keepers who pass the ball and support the playing from the back system rather than clearing the ball. The first-choice goalkeeper before Guardiola arrived, Joe Hart, could not keep up hence the loan to Italy.
Bravo did fail to live up to expectations at the club, but he leaves the club with six trophies in total. He has been linked with a number of clubs, including Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. The latter have since signed former Man City goalkeeper Hart. According to a report from Goal the goalkeeper is set to return to Spain to sign for Real Betis.
The Chile international is keen on making the switch. He is ready to take a major pay cut in order to make the move happen. Betis have made their move to sign him at the request of new boss Manuel Pellegrini as he looks to strengthen at the back ahead of the new season.