Claudio Bravo has revealed why he decided to leave Spanish champions Barcelona this summer and the reason behind him joining Manchester City.
The 33-year-old goalkeeper was wanted by City boss Pep Guardiola for his ball-playing abilities as much as his shot-stopping qualities, and his £17 million transfer effectively forced England number one Joe Hart out of the club.
Bravo started the season in goal for Barca on the back of winning the Copa America with Chile, however he claims that he left because Marc-Andre ter Stegen was set to become Luis Enrique's number one.
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Bravo wanted to avoid sitting on the bench at Barcelona on a regular basis and has said that the key reason which persuaded him to move to the Etihad was the preservation of his first-team football.
"It was not me that was (first) at Barca, it was Ter Stegen," Bravo told Cadena SER. "The club made me an offer to renew but, seeing their plans, I also made them understand my position.
He continued, "I was very sincere, I did not want to sit on the bench. It's not my thing. And they understood. In Barcelona I always devoted myself to doing my best, I always felt the support."
Bravo vs Ter Stegen
Under Enrique, Bravo was always first-choice for La Liga games but Ter Stegen took the gloves for Champions League and Copa del Rey ties.
However, the Chilean has insisted that the genuine competition for the number one jersey at the Nou Camp did not lead to a difficult relationship between himself and the 24-year-old German international.
"What appeared in the press - that we had a bad relationship and things were uncomfortable at the end - was not true," he said. "It was never a problem, indeed, we both always benefitted from the competition."
Promising signs after poor start
Barca signed Dutch 'keeper Jasper Cilessen from Ajax to replace Bravo, while Hart's season-long loan departure to Torino allowed Bravo to take the number one jersey at Man City.
Bravo has played every game for his new side since replacing veteran Willy Caballero and breaking into the team for the derby win over Manchester United.
Despite Guardiola labelling his debut as "one of the best performances I've ever seen", Bravo looked nervy at Old Trafford and was criticised for his error which led to Zlatan Ibrahimovic's goal.
That said, he has looked much more assured since then and kept clean sheets in both 4-0 victories against Borussia Monchengladbach and Bournemouth.
Bravo, who is undoubtedly one of the best goalkeepers in European football, will look to continue his good form when City travel to Swansea for two back-to-back games - first on Wednesday in the EFL Cup third round and then on Saturday in the Premier League.
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