Man City goalkeeper expected to sign new contract as transfer saga takes fresh twist

Stefan Ortega is expected to sign a new contract at Manchester City.Stefan Ortega is expected to sign a new contract at Manchester City.
Stefan Ortega is expected to sign a new contract at Manchester City. | Getty Images
Ederson and Stefan Ortega have been Manchester City’s main goalkeepers for the last two years.

Manchester City goalkeeper Stefan Ortega is expected to sign a new deal with the club, ManchesterWorld understands, in a move that will further increase speculation on Ederson’s future.

Ortega, who made 20 appearances for City in 2023/24, wants to be the club’s first-choice goalkeeper, although as recently as April Pep Guardiola insisted Ederson remains his no.1. That’s despite several impressive displays from Ortega this season and that potentially title-winning save to deny Heung min-Son in the penultimate league game of the campaign.

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The German’s current deal runs to 2025 and a contract extension could be viewed as a sign that Ortega will play a bigger role next season.

"I would love him to stay, the club would love him to," Guardiola said in April when asked about the 31-year-old’s future. "We let him feel [this], but we would love it.

"It’s [down to] him, everyone has their own lives, wives, kids, desires. I think he’s really happy here, but I could understand perfectly [if he wanted to leave]. He's more than 30 years old and he wants to play every weekend so honestly I don’t know."

A new deal for Ortega does add further uncertainty to Ederson’s future. The goalkeeper has attracted interest from Saudi Arabia this summer and posted a cryptic social message after City’s win at Tottenham Hotspur last month, a game in which he suffered a fractured eye socket.

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That injury prevented him playing in City’s final two games of the season, and Guardiola went out of his way to praise the former Benfica stopper ahead of the FA Cup final. “People talk about the incredible save from Stefan [against Son] many times and it was, but Eddie has done it before with Son and the same action and saved it,” said the City boss.

“Do you know the reason why we won the Champions League last season? It was Ederson. He made an incredible save against Madrid from the header from [Karim] Benzema. In the final of the Champions League, he was the key player and the key to win.

Fellow goalkeeper Scott Carson also signed an extension earlier this summer, with the experienced stopper penning a new deal at the Etihad until 2025.

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