Man City release backup goalkeeper Claudio Bravo

Date published: Tuesday 18th August 2020 1:57 - Samuel Bannister

Manchester City have confirmed that goalkeeper Claudio Bravo has left the club upon the expiration of his contract.

It brings an end to a four-year stay at the Etihad Stadium for the Chile international, who arrived in Manchester from Barcelona in 2016.

Pep Guardiola originally brought Bravo to the club due to his ability with his feet. Arriving in Guardiola’s first summer in charge of City, he replaced Joe Hart as number one.

Bravo spent his first season with City as first-choice keeper, but he came under scrutiny for some errors.

Following the signing of Ederson in 2017, Bravo has spent the past three years as a backup.

In total, he made 61 appearances for City. More than half of those came in cup competitions.

The 37-year-old kept 20 clean sheets during his spell in England.

During his time in Manchester, Bravo won the Premier League twice. He also added two Carabao Cup winners’ medals – including one from this season, in which he started the final – as well as a pair of Community Shield triumphs.

Bravo had previously played for Barcelona and Real Sociedad in Spain, as well as Colo Colo in his native Chile – who have shown an interest in taking him back.

He becomes the second senior player to leave City as a free agent this summer after the legendary David Silva.

Silva has since signed for Bravo’s old club Real Sociedad – much to the displeasure of Lazio, who had wanted him.

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