Man City boss Guardiola calls for Premier League rule change

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola wants the Premier League to amend its rules in relation to emergency signings.

The Citizens were thrown into turmoil last week when second-choice ‘keeper Claudio Bravo ruptured his Achilles tendon in training, ruling the Chile international out of action for the considerable future.

Due to the transfer window being closed and Guardiola having allowed Angus Gunn and Joe Hart to leave the Etihad earlier this summer, the Premier League Champions were left with only 20-year-old England youth goalkeeper Daniel Grimshaw on their books.

However, City were able to recall 19-year-old Kosovan ‘keeper Aro Muric from his loan spell in the Eredivisie with NAC Breda.

But it remains doubtful whether either of Man City’s young keepers would be able to handle the demands of being trust into a Premier League title race if anything happened to Guardiola’s number one Ederson.

“The rules are the rules so maybe the federation can think about that when there are long, long injuries and it is still the period where the European window is open,” Guardiola told the press after his sides 1-1 draw with Wolves last weekend.

“Then maybe you could do it. Not just for the goalkeeper but when there are big, big injuries to players.

“If we were not allowed to bring back Aro, I don’t know what would have happened.

“But here it is closed because it is good that the competition starts with the whole squad but maybe we could think about that, especially when the injuries are five or six months.”

When asked if he Manchester City would have tried to sign a more experienced back up to Ederson if the rules permitted it, Guardiola said: “We would have considered it, that is true.

“We didn’t have any options. People were talking about us buying this player in Barcelona or this keeper in Madrid but it is not allowed so it makes no sense in that situation.

“We called the Premier League to know the situation but here the rules are the rules. They told us it is possible for him to come back and after that Aro came back.”

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