Manchester City announced on Friday the signing of German goalkeeper Stefan Ortega from Arminia Bielefeld on a three-year contract.
"It's fantastic", declares the player on the website of the club citizen. “Manchester City is an incredible team, a squad with world-class players in all demarcations. Having the chance to join this group of players and contribute to City's successes is a dream for me."
The 29-year-old, of a Spanish father but born in Germany, was free after his contract with Arminia Bielefeld came to an end.
“I have enjoyed my time in Germany and I want to thank the Arminia Bielefeld fans for their support. But the opportunity to come to City to play in the Premier League was too good to pass up”, continues the goalkeeper.
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Ortega is expected to become the substitute for Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson, since the American Zack Steffen could go on loan to Middlesbrough to accumulate minutes as a starter for the 2022 World Cup.
"He's a great addition to City," said Txiki Begiristain, the Manchester team's director of football. "We signed a goalkeeper with a lot of experience and who will help us in our pursuit of more titles."
Ortega is the second signing in the transfer window of the team coached by Pep Guardiola, after the arrival of the Norwegian Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.
The reigning Premier League champions are also looking to sign England midfielder Kalvin Phillips from Leeds.