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Ederson Reveals What Position He Wants To Play For Manchester City

Ryan Sidle

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Ederson Reveals What Position He Wants To Play For Manchester City

Ederson has revealed what position he'd like to play, if he ever got the chance to come out of his goal for Manchester City, and claimed it wouldn't change anything with the team.

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Ederson has been an excellent keeper since joining City in 2017, helping them to win three Premier League titles and reach their first Champions League final.

As well as his shot saving and command of his area, he's been hugely praised for his ability with the ball at his feet, and people have often joked he could play out of goal.

The former Benfica keeper is so good at playing outfield that he actually did it once in a charity game, and looked pretty decent doing it, scoring twice.

Now he's revealed that rather than play upfront, he'd like to play in place of Kevin de Bruyne, and has joked there'd be no discernible difference in quality.

"If I were to go outfield like this, I would not ask to be a striker. I would prefer to play in the midfield, in Kevin's [De Bruyne] place," the keeper told the club's website.

"In the last minute, it is okay [to play up front], but if I were to choose, if someone asked me to play, I would say; 'Take off De Bruyne and play me'. It would not change anything!"

Ederson shows off his skills in training. Image: PA Images
Ederson shows off his skills in training. Image: PA Images

Goalkeepers would usually only go up front, or out of goal at all, in the dying minutes of games when going up front for a set piece.

The move certainly worked for Liverpool last season, when Alisson came forward to score an important winner in the game against West Brom.

Alisson heads home a winner for Liverpool. Image: PA Images
Alisson heads home a winner for Liverpool. Image: PA Images

City however have a past of their keeper going out of net to actually play upfront, when David James donned an outfield top in the last game of the season under Stuart Pearce to try and find a winner against Middlesbrough.

Though it was 16 years ago, Ederson says he remembers, and claimed his fellow keeper should have taken a late penalty. "I remember this match. This guy [David James] is mad. He went up as a striker.

"If he made a slide tackle, he would have scored. He should have taken it [the penalty]. That was his moment."

City have had trouble taking spot kicks in recent years and Guardiola has even admitted the Brazilian is probably their best taker, claims which have certainly been backed up.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Football, Premier League, Manchester City, Ederson, Kevin De Bruyne

Ryan Sidle
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