Manchester City: Claudio Bravo welcomes competition from €40m arrival Ederson

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The Chilean keeper has seen Pep Guardiola dip into the transfer market again after struggling to settle in England, but he is unfazed by the challenge

Claudio Bravo concedes that his first season at Manchester City did not “go as planned” but remains unfazed by the arrival of Ederson.

A deal for the Brazilian goalkeeper is yet to be official announced by City, but Benfica have admitted to reaching a €40 million agreement.

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Bravo could find himself out of the first-team picture as a result of the big-money deal, with the Chilean having struggled to adapt to Premier League life following a move from Barcelona.

His failure to convince has forced Pep Guardiola back into the transfer market, but Bravo claims to be embracing the challenge added competition provides.

“My future is still linked to City for a long time,” he told AS.

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“You always have competition at this level. It happened to me at Colo Colo, in the national team, at Real Sociedad, at Barcelona, at City – all my life has been a competition.

“I knew this was going to be the scenario for a while, but this is not something that worries me. Football is like this at the highest level and more so in these powerful clubs.

“Wherever you look, you have a selection of the best in the world.” 

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Bravo has taken in just six Premier League outings in 2017, having seen Guardiola favour Willy Caballero over the second half of the season, and concedes that his standards were allowed to dip.

He added: “Sometimes it’s like this — one season things don’t go as planned.

“I had two successful seasons at the highest level, and I’ve just experienced one where we did not achieve what we aimed for from a team standpoint, but one thing does not rule out the other.

“I’ve always been consistent and persevered on the aims that I set myself. It hasn’t been the year that I expected, but I hope the next one will be much better.”

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He has, however, refuted any suggestion that his disappointing form was a result of failing to get to grips with the physicality of the English top-flight.

“Many people think so, that it was down to adapting but I don’t think so,” he said.

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“There has been a tendency to link my name with that of the functioning of all the team. I don’t want to delve into this.

“The whole team did not function as it should have during certain times of the season, but that is in the past.”

City ended the 2016-17 campaign empty-handed in terms of trophies, but were able to qualify for the Champions League again through a third-place finish in the Premier League.

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