Man City cannot lose £55k-a-week player Ederson thinks is ‘quality’ amid fresh exit talk

Manchester City boasts an impressive squad, and while the spotlight often shines on big-name players, the significance of goalkeeper Stefan Ortega Moreno cannot be understated. Amid recent rumors suggesting a potential summer exit for the German goalkeeper after two seasons at the Etihad Stadium, it is crucial for the club to retain him.

Ortega joined City from Arminia Bielefeld on a free transfer, initially garnering modest attention. However, his signing proved inspired, making crucial contributions during the Treble-winning season, particularly in the FA Cup, where he played every game and conceded only once.

Despite being the second-choice goalkeeper, Ortega’s importance is undeniable. The club should prioritize progressing on a new contract for the goalkeeper. Recent reports have linked him to Bayern Munich, a move that aligns with the Bavarian club’s need for a long-term replacement for the aging Manuel Neuer.

Ortega, though having limited first-team appearances (21 games), has consistently impressed when called upon by Pep Guardiola. He has kept 10 clean sheets, showcasing a playing style akin to Ederson, albeit at a slightly slower pace, enabling City to build from the back.

While Bayern’s interest looms, City has reportedly expressed a desire to extend Ortega’s contract, recognizing his value as an excellent backup. Beyond his on-field contributions, Ortega’s presence provides healthy competition for Ederson, pushing him to excel. Ederson himself acknowledges Ortega’s quality.

With only one year left on his contract this summer and reports of modest earnings (£55,000-a-week), securing a new deal for the 31-year-old goalkeeper becomes imperative. To entice Ortega to stay, executives may need to consider a salary increase, recognizing his vital role and potential as a future number one.


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