Real Sociedad expected goalkeeper Gerónimo Rulli to join them for preseason training this Thursday, but with his future still in doubt, he will be missing when La Real begin preparations for the new season.
Rulli has been linked with a move to Manchester City since May, but despite the Blues having a stake in the investment fund that owns the player’s rights, recent reports have said he will join Real Sociedad permanently instead because of the guarantee of first-team football.
A permanent move from Deportivo Maldonado to Sociedad, where he spent last season on loan, seemed a formality, and the player himself had said he expected it to go through, but things are now more uncertain. Rulli has been speaking to the press in Argentina and Marca have printed some of his comments.
24-year-old Rulli said, “Where am I going to play? The truth is, that it is not yet known. I know something is close, but can’t say.”
Rulli hinted that he would like to continue at Sociedad, but then dropped a bomb by admitting he has been called by City boss Pep Guardiola, who asked him to join City. He also said that playing in the Olympics for Argentina is non-negotiable wherever he lands, with his heart set on that. Rulli is uncapped by Argentina at senior level, but a strong performance in Rio could lead to new opportunities.
According to Marca, there is a possibility that City could exercise their right to buy Rulli, then send him to Sociedad on loan or even permanently with the option to buy him back in future. Guardiola may also want him right away, because it seems he rates the shot-stopper quite highly. For Rulli, the question is whether he would get much game time at a club that employs Joe Hart, but the opportunity to work with Pep Guardiola is always tempting…
Check out some of Rulli’s best saves: