Manchester City, the English Premier League champions, announced on Friday the signing of German goalkeeper Stefan Ortega on a free transfer.
The 29-year-old Ortega’s contract with Armenia Bielefeld expired at the end of last month and he will be a reserve guard for the Brazilian international, Ederson.
“This is a fantastic transfer for me,” Ortega said. “Manchester City is an amazing team – a team with a world-class squad in every position.”
“Having the opportunity to join this group of players and help continue the club’s success is a dream for me.”
Ortega is likely to replace American goalkeeper Zack Stephen, who according to press reports is set to join Middlesbrough on loan in a bid to get more playing time ahead of the World Cup in Qatar.
“This is a very good deal for City. Stefan has excellent quality and his professional career speaks for itself. We are signing a goalkeeper who has extensive experience, and he will help us in our quest for more trophies,” said Cheke Begiristain, the club’s director of football.
Ortega became City’s second deal in the summer transfer window, after Norwegian Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.
The English Premier League champions are close to buying England international midfielder Calvin Phillips from Leeds United.
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