Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Bravo May Be Left on Bench for Reds Clash ; CITY SPECIAL

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Bravo May Be Left on Bench for Reds Clash ; CITY SPECIAL

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PEP Guardiola must decide whether to throw Claudio Bravo straight in for his City debut against United in Saturday's derby.

The former Barcelona goalkeeper completed his move to the Etihad in the last week of the transfer window and has been given the No.1 shirt at the club that was until recently occupied by Joe Hart. But he was not considered by the coach for the home game with West Ham and was not selected for Chile's international fixtures with Bolivia and Paraguay because of personal reasons.

While Bravo did start three games for Barcelona last month, he is reportedly yet to train with his team-mates at City and will not have much time with the rest of the team before Saturday's game.

Guardiola revealed that Willy Caballero started the season at City ahead of Hart because of his work with the team in pre-season, and the Blues boss may be inclined to stick with the Argentine for the crunch clash with United at Old Trafford.

As well as Caballero, City youngster Angus Gunn has been included in the first-team squad this season and was in impressive action on Tuesday for England Under-21s.

On his arrival in Manchester, Bravo noted that it would not be easy to impress at his new club.

"I am going to have really tough competition as well because the club already has top goalkeepers, and my mission is to improve day by day and work as hard as I can in terms of football and on a personal level as well," he said.

I am going really tough because already goalkeepers Claudio Barcelona, meanwhile, have revealed they wanted to keep hold of Bravo this summer but the goalkeeper was desperate to join City.

Roberto Fernandez, the club's sporting director, has admitted they wanted the 33-year-old to sign a new deal and commit his future to the Spanish giants.

But the lure of working with Guardiola at City proved too much and Bravo made it clear he wanted to move to the Etihad.

"Bravo has helped [Marc-Andre] ter Stegen get better," Fernandez said. "He had an offer and although we fought for him to stay, he wanted to leave and we had to negotiate. …

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