Manchester City have finally unveiled their latest signing, goalkeeper Ederson from Benfica.
The Portuguese side had announced the deal last week, but City had ensured that all the third-party ownership issues over his economic rights were ended before announcing him.
“When I knew it was real, that they were really interested in me, I was very happy because it’s good to see your work recognized. Manchester City is a great club, the league they have here in England, they have amazing fans and they play splendid football,” Ederson said following his announcement.
“It’s a club that has been developing a lot lately. Now with Pep Guardiola they are growing more and more. They are putting in place a young team for the future. Those were important factors in making my decision. Manchester City has an amazing squad. I think they managed to have a good season. Next season, we will have to be focused to achieve the goal of winning trophies.
“I have always watched the Premier League on TV. My impression is that it is a very intense game, box-to-box. The grounds are always full and the stadiums are really nice. This is a very captivating football. The competition here motivates any player.”
Ederson added: “I’m ready, I’m always ready. Here the matches are amazing, no matter who the opponent is, the games are always very close. Most of the matches are decided by a small margin. That shows the intensity and the competitiveness of the English league. The competition is good. Everyone knows here the competition is ferocious. It’s a bit different than the Portuguese league. But I’m going to try to adapt to this league as quickly as possible.
“To be a goalkeeper you must be a little bit crazy. We have the courage to put our head where the players put their feet. I have that, of course. I’m a little bit crazy too! I’m a quiet goalkeeper, I always try to transmit confidence and calm to my teammates. That helps a lot.”
He’s City’s second signing of the season, following the arrival of play-maker Bernardo Silva from Monaco for £43million.
They have had a bid for Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy rejected, and also reported to be interested in Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand and Tottenham Hotspur’s Kyle Walker.
“I have always had the dream to play in English football and now I’m going to make it true.