Manchester City have announce the signing of Willy Caballero from Malaga, on a three-year deal. The 32-year-old worked with City boss Manuel Pellegrini at Malaga, and will provide competition for Joe Hart next season, with Costel Pantilimon leaving the Etihad to join Sunderland.
Caballero is under no illusions as to what his role as a City player will entail;
"I know I am coming to a big club with a very good goalkeeper. City already have a great goalkeeper in Joe Hart, but I will try and compete for the number one spot."
The former Boca Juniors player will be aware that Pellegrini is not afraid to replace Joe Hart if he isn't performing to the required standard. Last season Hart sat out almost two months of the season, following high profile errors and a loss of form. The move rejuvenated Hart, but the Englishman will be wary of taking his first-team spot for granted again.
As second-string goalkeepers go, they don't get much better than Caballero. Although personal and team honours deserted him during his time in La Liga, with Elche and Malaga, Caballero gained widespread acclaim for his performances.
He was named in Goal's team of the year for the 12/13 season, after keeping thirteen clean sheets throughout the season as Malaga claimed 6th place in La Liga. Atlético fans will have flashbacks to Caballero repeatedly denying their side in the penultimate match this season, including a fine save in the dying seconds to keep Adrian out, and take the La Liga title to the final game of the season.
During his time in Argentina with Boca Juniors Caballero won both the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, in 2001, and the Summer Olympic Games in 2004, yet he hasn't been able to force his way into the senior squad at any point in his career.
The majority of Argentinian supporters and pundits were surprised at Caballero's exclusion from their World Cup squad, especially given Sergio Romero's troubles at club level last season. Caballero is undoubtedly the best Argentinian keeper currently playing, but unfortunately his age has counted against him.
A sensible signing for Manchester City, who continue to promote sensible signing in this time of austerity caused by the Financial Fair Play. Although Caballero is unlikely to dislodge Joe Hart as the number one keeper, City fans can rest assured that if anything happens to Hart, the City goal is in safe hands.
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