Claudio Bravo Leaves Manchester City
Chile and former Barcelona keeper Claudio Bravo have left Manchester City after his contract with the Premier League runners-up expired. The 37-year-old Chilean signed a four-year deal at Manchester City when he made a £15.4m move from Spanish giants Barcelona in 2016. Claudio Bravo’s performances came under scrutiny in a difficult debut 2016-17 season where City did not win a trophy under new boss Pep Guardiola.
The arrival of Brazilian keeper Ederson 2017 then sealed his place in the bench, leaving him largely restricted to playing in cup games. In total, Claudio Bravo made 61 appearances for City and kept 20 clean sheets. More than half of his appearances came in cup matches, with Bravo making only seven Premier League starts after his debut season in England.
The Chile international had been signed to replace England’s Joe Hart, with Guardiola going back to his former club Barcelona for a keeper who he believed was more suited to his preferred playing style for his team. However, Bravo faced criticism for his shot-stopping skills and was even mocked by some City fans when he made saves.
Manchester fans released a statement which said: “Everybody would like to thank Claudio for his four years at the club and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours.”