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Official: Manchester City Signs Claudio Bravo

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Manchester City has made official the signing of Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo

Manchester, United Kingdom – Manchester City has made official the signing of Barcelona and Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo on a four-year contract, the club announced.

In an interview with the British media Bravo said: “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. 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.”

City boss Pep Guardiola added: “Claudio is a fantastic goalkeeper and an excellent addition to our squad. He has experience and great leadership qualities and is in the prime of his life. He is a goalkeeper I have admired for a number of years and I’m really happy he is now a City player.”

The signing is estimated to be around 22 million euros.

The Chile international arrived in Barcelona in 2014 and has won eight different titles in just two years with the Catalan club.

Bravo started his career with Colo-Colo, making 123 appearances between 2002 and 2006 before joining Real Sociedad on the recommendation of Xabier Mancisidor who is now City’s goalkeeping coach.

Bravo remained for with The Royals for eight years, clocking up 237 starts – plus one goal against Gimnastic in 2010.

The coming of Bravo could now mean the exit of Joe Hart, who has been rumored for various English clubs in the last week.