Pellegrini tried to bring in top-notch Malaga keeper when he arrived at City…
Malaga’s 31-year-old Argentine goalkeeper Willy Caballero claims Manchester City’s new manager Manuel Pellegrini tried to bring him to the Etihad this summer, Sky Sports reports.
“I talked with Manuel Pellegrini before he left Malaga,” Caballero said.
“I knew of his intention to take me with him to Manchester City.
“But I was unsure whether he would stick with the same keepers he had already.”
With Costel Pantilimon already a very good understudy goalkeeper, it seems unlikely that Pellegrini would feel the need to replace him with Caballero, who is in his prime and would understandably demand first-team football.
Pellegrini has a great relationship with the Argentine stopper, having coached him successfully during his stint at Malaga.
Joe Hart enjoyed a brilliant Premier League season in 2011/12, helping his team win the Premier League, and was rightly voted into the team of the season.
Last term though, Hart was nowhere near his best, and has started the new season in similarly shaky form. Hart has so far been at fault for a goal against Cardiff City, and mishandled a long shot during England’s friendly win against Scotland at Wembley.
it is possible that the Chilean boss earmarked the position as a potential weakness, and tried to sign Caballero, a keeper he instinctively trusts.
Whether Hart can regain his best form, and give Pellegrini no reason to replace him, remains to be seen.