Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson has made a passionate appeal to manager Pep Guardiola to give him the chance to play in the team’s midfield after impressing in goal since his£34.9million arrival from Benfica last summer.
The Brazilian claims he could perhaps handle the challenge of playing in midfield because he used to occasionally feature as an outfield player when playing in Benfica’s youth team.
He told FFT: ‘When I played in the Benfica youth teams, they would always call me to play in midfield if someone was missing and I didn’t ever embarrass myself.
‘So, if necessary I’m definitely up to the task. It wouldn’t be easy, especially in the Premier League, but I think I could manage the challenge.’
Ederson also believes the players in front of him at City help make his life easier on the pitch because they retain possession so well and rarely lose the ball.
He added: ‘There are so many good players in this team who are ahead of me,” he laughs. “I was always comfortable with the ball at my feet, and this helps me during games. I think it’s a natural talent.’
Manchester City are runaway leaders of the Premier League and still in contention to win all four titles this season.