Manchester City look set to miss out on Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero, who says that the Spanish club will have to ‘kick him out’ for him to leave.
The Argentine stopper was heavily linked with a switch to the Etihad Stadium in the run up to the January transfer window as a replacement for Joe Hart.
After his early season blunders, the England international looks to have recaptured his starting berth at City, but speculation suggest that Manuel Pellegrini is looking to draft in a top class ‘keeper to challenge him for the role.
Costel Pantilimon is not seen as the right player to do so, despite having filled in during Hart’s first-team exclusion.
Pellegrini coached Caballero while at Malaga, which has fuelled talk that he is keen to reunite with his fellow South American.
But Caballero has poured cold water on the rumours by insisting that he is happy on the Spanish coast:
“I am fairly happy at Malaga. If they want me to leave they will have to kick me out of here. This year we have another budget, other players, but the fans always support us.” He is quoted by talkSPORT.
Caballero has a release clause in the region of £16m, and it is thought that only that sum will be enough to make Malaga sell.