Manuel Pellegrini Wanted ‘To Take Me With Him To Manchester City,’ Claims Malaga’s Willy Caballero

Keeper turned down move as he did not want to be warming the subs’ bench at the Etihad this season. 

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Experienced Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero has revealed that recently-appointed Manchester City head coach Manuel Pellegrini wanted to bring the Argentinian with him to Eastlands this summer, according to reports on

The Chilean replaced previous manager Roberto Mancini in the City dugout this season, however, when Pellegrini left his last role with La Liga high-flyers Malaga, he asked his shot stopper if he would be interested in joining him in the north west.

However, the 31-year-old turned down the chance to move to the big-spending Premier League giants, with Caballero understood to be concerned that he would get little game time at the club what with  highly-rated England international Joe Hart the current No 1.

“I talked with Manuel Pellegrini before he left Malaga,” Caballero is quoted as saying in The Sun.

“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.”

Hart, however, has been far from impressive so far for Pellegrini at the start of the new Premier League season, with the Three Lions keeper being badly at fault for both of Frazier Campbell’s goals in newly-promoted Cardiff City’s recent shock 3-2 win over City in the top flight.

And there have also been reports of late that City make now make a move for Real Madrid shot-stopper Iker Casillas when the transfer window reopens for business in January.

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