Barcelona and Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano is hoping Claudio Bravo would remain at Camp Nou but insists he would respect any decision by the Chilean to quit the club.
Media reports on Tuesday had it that Barcelona and Manchester City had reached an agreement for the 33-year-old goalkeeper to join the Premier League giants for an initial fee of 16 million euros.
“All I can say is that Claudio has given us a lot in the past two seasons and I hope he stays here. He is an important part of this team.
“Claudio is a great professional, he is one of the most experienced players in this team. However, I will understand if he decides to leave if he thinks that is the best decision for his career.”
Asked about the goalkeeping dilemma at Barca with both Bravo and the 24-year-old Ter Stegen eager to be Luis Enrique’s first-choice, Mascherano said: “Both of them are great goalkeepers. “The ideal thing for us is to have both players continue.”
Bravo, who joined Barca from Real Sociedad two years ago, is under contract with the La Liga champions until June 2018.
Sky Sports has reported that the move might be delayed because of a knee injury to Ter Stegen, though a deal remained possible before the August 31 transfer deadline.
Bravo made 32 league starts last season to help Barca defend the La Liga crown but faces stiff competition from Germany international Marc-Andre ter Stegen to be the team’s number one