Bravo the world's best goalkeeper, says Pellegrini

The Chilean goalkeeper has come under criticism in the early days of his career at Manchester City, but the club's former coach is sure there is no one better in that position

Claudio Bravo is the best goalkeeper in the world, according to former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini.

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The Chile international joined Pep Guardiola at City for a reported £17 million fee in August, having spent the previous two years at Barcelona.

Guardiola’s decision to recruit a new goalkeeper to displace Joe Hart in the first team, resulting in the England No.1 going on loan to Torino, was a controversial decision made more contentious by some underwhelming displays from Bravo.

The ex-Real Sociedad player has conceded 17 goals in 15 appearances across the Premier League and Champions League for City this season. However, the club's former boss Pellegrini – now in charge of Hebei China Fortune - thinks the 33-year-old's high-profile transfers prove he is the best around, stating that English media’s criticism of him is nothing new.

"It's not that the English are off with Bravo - the [English] press is harsh with the whole world," Pellegrini said to FIFA.

"Moreover, Bravo replaced Hart, who played for England. 

"But if Bravo went from Real Sociedad to Barcelona and Barcelona to City, it is because he is the best goalkeeper in the world."

Pellegrini, 63, could have been Bravo's boss at international level, but has rejected the Chile job on four separate occasions.

"Why did I turn it down? Firstly, because [the offers] always came when I was under contract," added Pellegrini.

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"Secondly, because national team work bores me. You have matches in September, October, November and March. And in June, when the Copa America is on. 

"The rest of the time you have to work in an office, and I like to me out on the pitch."