Gerónimo Rulli, the goalkeeper Manchester City signed last summer, immediately loaned out, then sold to Real Sociedad in January, still dreams of playing for Pep Guardiola’s side.
It was a very confusing deal that made sense on several levels for City, but still had fans scratching their heads. And with Claudio Bravo continuing to struggle, many blues on social media called for City to recall Rulli in January.
Unfortunately for them, Real Sociedad had a fixed obligation to buy the 24-year-old in January and now own his sporting rights. However, City have an option to buy him back for €14 million until 2018, and if they fail to, they are due 30% of his next transfer fee.
Speaking to Gol Televisión, Rulli has admitted that he still harbours ambitions of playing in the Premier League, specifically for Manchester City. He spoke of the complex transfer deal, which saw him finally end up at Real Sociedad permanently last month, and admitted he had been close to joining City properly (as a member of the squad rather than a registered player).
On the prospect of eventually returning to City, Rulli said, “There are few players who would say they don’t want to play for one of the biggest clubs. It’s my dream and I’ll try to achieve it.”
His intentions are clear and he put at as bluntly as he could: “My idea for tomorrow is to get there (to Manchester City).”
The idea of working with Pep Guardiola appeals to players across the world, and Rulli is one of them. When asked if he’d like to play for Pep, the Argentine shot-stopper remarked, “If you ask any of my team-mates, 95% of them would tell you the same thing I told you.”
And what better way to complete a charm offensive than to big up the club you hope to play for? On his once and potential future employers, Rulli declared, “Manchester City is one of the biggest clubs in Europe, in the entire world, and it’s a league in which I’d like to play tomorrow.”
Rulli will have to work hard to get a move to the Etihad, because to buy him back, Manchester City will have to pay double what they sold him for. To justify this, they will need to be convinced he has developed into a top-level goalkeeper, and with others, such as Ederson Moraes linked with a move to the club, it could be hard work for Gerónimo to realise his dream.