Man City sign goalkeeper Stefan Ortega; Zack Steffen to leave
Manchester City have signed Arminia Bielefeld goalkeeper Stefan Ortega on a three-year deal.
The 29-year-old joins the English Premier League (EPL) champions as back-up to Ederson after his deal expired with the recently-relegated Bundesliga side.
U.S. international Zack Steffen was number two last season but he is now reportedly set to join Middlesbrough on loan.
Ortega is Manchester City’s second window signing, following star striker Erling Haaland’s high-profile arrival from Borussia Dortmund.
“This is a fantastic move for me,” German goalkeeper Ortega said. “Manchester City are an amazing team — a squad with world-class quality in every area.
“To be given the chance to join this group of players and help continue the club’s success is a dream for me.
“I have enjoyed my time in Germany and I want to thank the Arminia Bielefeld fans for their support.
“But this new challenge of coming to Manchester City and playing in the Premier League is too good for me to ignore.
“I can’t wait to get started, meet my teammates and begin working with Pep (Guardiola) and his backroom staff.”
Manchester City say the move is subject to international clearance and director of football Txiki Begiristain is happy to have got Ortega to the Etihad Stadium.
“This is a very good deal for Manchester City,” he said. “Stefan has an excellent pedigree — his career speaks for itself.
“We are signing a goalkeeper who has vast experience, and he will help us in our quest for more trophies.
“He has joined to compete with the other goalkeepers and help our youngsters. So, it’s a transfer we are really pleased to have secured.”
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