Last Updated: Wed, 11 Sep 2013 10:35
Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero claims he snubbed the chance to join Manchester City in the summer because of Joe Hart's presence.
The 31-year-old Argentinian shot-stopper had been linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium when his former boss at La Rosaleda, Manuel Pellegrini, departed to take over from the sacked Roberto Mancini at the 2012 Premier League champions.
The Chilean tactician is a big fan of Caballero after he played a key role in the club's qualification for the Champions League in 2012 and then their subsequent march to the quarter-finals of the tournament last term.
And, with reports circulating that Pellegrini is not fully convinced of Hart's capabilities following some shaky performances last season which earned him some criticism from former boss Mancini, it was thought he would draft in some serious competition this summer.
It appears Caballero was the man he identified as a possible new number one, but the player declined the chance to join City because he wanted guaranteed first-team football and didn't believe he would get that.
He said: "I talked to Manuel Pellegrini before he left Malaga.
"I know of his intention to take me with him to Manchester City.
"But I was unsure whether he would stick with the same goalkeepers he had already or play me."
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