English club Manchester City has announced the signing of Chilean goalkeeper, Claudio Bravo, from Spanish side, Barcelona on a four-year deal.
This is according to a statement on the club’s official website which said: “City are delighted to announce the signing of Claudio Bravo.
“The Chilean goalkeeper joins the Blues from Barcelona after signing a four-year-deal”.
On his decision to leave Barcelona, the shot stopper said he couldn’t refuse the opportunity to work with new boss, Pep Guardiola.
“I’m very proud to be joining Manchester City. I know the Club is building something very special and I hope I can be part of many successes in the coming years.
“I have followed City’s progress in recent years and obviously know some of my new team-mates from the Copa America, he said.
“It is not easy to leave a club like Barcelona where I had two fantastic years, but the opportunity to work with Pep Guardiola was too good to refuse.
“Now I will challenge the other great goalkeepers the Club has and together I hope we can win many trophies,” he stressed
Over the alleged exit of Manchester City Goal keeper, Joe Hart, the Clubs Manager, Pep Guardiola says he understands the fans love for the player, but he is in the club to make decisions.
City are close to sealing a £17 million deal for Barcelona keeper Claudio Bravo, casting doubts over Hart’s future at the Etihad as Guardiola preferred second choice goalkeeper, Willy Caballero for the start of the new season.
“Joe is still our player. I know he’s a legend for this club — one of the reasons this club is what it is is because of Joe. He helped to make this team one step above so I’m so happy with the way the people treated him tonight, Pep told ESPN.
“I’m here to take decisions — I made a lot of mistakes in my career as a coach — sometimes good decisions, sometimes bad. I can’t deny what I feel. I was honest with Joe, the club and myself and that’s what I always try to do. I would like if everyone was happy with all the decisions I take but that’s impossible.
“The coach has to take decisions which influences the players’ lives and that’s not easy. We have 28 players, so 17 players are always not playing. Do you think they are happy with the coach? They are not happy about that.
“I can completely understand if the fans are not happy. Joe did a lot with this club in the years, he’s been, more than I have done — I’ve only been here for one month, he’s been here many years.
“I respect all of the guys here but I’m here and I have to take decisions and that’s what I feel.”
Pep Guardiola gave Joe Hart his first start of the season on Wednesday’s 1-0 Champions League win against Steaua Bucharest.
Barcelona will not be allowed to sign any players in 2015 after their appeal against a transfer ban was dismissed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said that its appeals panel found no grounds to overturn a FIFA sanction preventing Barcelona from registering any new players for the period of two transfer windows.
The Spanish club was handed a 14-month ban in April after being found guilty of breaching FIFA’s rules on the transfer of players aged under 18.
FIFA rejected an appeal in August but the pending appeal to CAS allowed Barca to sign players including Luis Suarez.
A Barcelona statement added: “The errors that the club might have committed, and which have been recognised and argued before the corresponding authorities, are, in all cases, of an administrative nature and to a large extent have been caused by the existing conflict between the FIFA regulations and Spanish legislation, along with the club’s conviction that it was acting correctly.
“Therefore, FC Barcelona considers the sanction to be completely disproportionate as it supposes an excessive punishment for the club, when considering its trajectory and the circumstances of this specific case.”
Barcelona must also pay a fine of 300,000 pounds while the verdict has been published by CAS without written reasons, due to the need to reach a decision before the start of the January transfer window.
Barcelona went on a summer spending spree this year while the suspension went on hold during the appeals process, splashing out more than 150m euros (£117.5m) on Suarez, Ivan Rakitic, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Thomas Vermaelen, Claudio Bravo, Jeremy Mathieu and Alen Halilovic.