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Nottingham Forest genuinely tried to sign one Man City player in January

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It has been reported that Nottingham Forest tried to sign Stefan Ortega in the January transfer window.

 

In the summer, when the German was linked with a move to Bayern Munich, Pep Guardiola admitted that he did not want him to leave City.

 

The 31-year-old ended up staying at the Etihad Stadium but a recent revelation suggests that he is keen on moving elsewhere to become a club’s number one, despite the Sky Blues’ attempts to tie him down to a new contract.

 

It is fair to claim that considering that the highly-rated shotstopper is an “incredible ‘keeper”, as John Stones rightly described him, he does deserve to get more regular minutes.

 

Nottingham Forest were interested in Stefan Ortega signing in January

Now, The Athletic have revealed that Nottingham Forest saw their interest in Stefan Ortega rejected in January.

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The report states that clubs in the Premier League and across Europe were keen on signing Ortega.

 

 

 

The former Arminia Bieliefeld’s suitors and those within City believe he has improved as a goalkeeper, particularly in terms of his positioning.

 

One of the primary reasons why the 55,000-a-week (Sport Rac) man was attracted by the prospect of signing for Guardiola and Co. was to elevate his game.

 

It has also been stated that another motivation behind Stefan Ortega’s move to the club in 2022 was to work with Pep Guardiola and goalkeeping coach Xabi Mancisdor,

 

which is why he rejected bigger offers to join other teams, such as Brentford, for instance.

 

Mancisdor spoke to Ortega ahead of his move to the Sky Blues and he was confident that he would improve him as a player.

 

No-brainer to have kept Stefan Ortega

One will assess whether Manchester City will be open to selling Stefan Ortega to clubs like Nottingham Forest if he is keen on an exit.

 

But the rationale behind selling Ortega in January would have made no sense from a City perspective.

 

Signing a quality understudy is a challenge for every club and replacing one as brilliant as Stefan Ortega and that too mid-season is perhaps even tougher.

 

As a result, City made the right call to have a hands-off approach when it came to their goalkeeping extraordinaire in January.

 

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