Ederson Jokingly Claims He Wants to Replace Kevin De Bruyne in Manchester City's Midfield

By Amreen
Man City goalkeeper Ederson joked that he could replace star midfielder Kevin de Bruyne
Man City goalkeeper Ederson joked that he could replace star midfielder Kevin de Bruyne / Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Ederson has joked that he would be interested in replacing Kevin De Bruyne at the center of Manchester City's midfield, claiming that the move would "not change anything".

The 28-year-old had previously claimed that he would like to take penalties after a video clip of him scoring during a training session went viral. And now, in a light-hearted interview, the Golden Glove winner joked he wouldn't mind giving De Bruyne a run for his position in the team.

Speaking to the MCFC website, Ederson joked: "If I were to go outfield like this, I would not ask to be a striker. I would prefer to play in the midfield, in Kevin's [De Bruyne] place. In the last minute, it is okay [to play up front], but if I were to choose, if someone asked me to play, I would say; 'Take off De Bruyne and play me'. It would not change anything!"

Ederson added: "I remember this match. This guy [David James] is mad. He went up as a striker. If he made a slide tackle, he would have scored. He should have taken it [the penalty]. That was his moment."

Third-choice keeper Scott Carson has backed Ederson to step up to the spot and take charge of a few penalties for Pep Guardiola's side. The reserve keeper told the Manchester Evening News in May: "He has smashed a few at me and Zack [Steffen] and it's one of them where you actually want him to score, you don't want the ball to hit you because he smashes it that hard.

"It does hurt! He takes a few every now and then and seems to find the side-netting every single time, and with the power. It's incredible."

Ederson has one of the cleanest strikes in the City side and has made no secret of the fact he would relish a chance from 12-yards. "I don't know. It depends on the game, what the game brings," he said.

"Of course the pressure is higher it it's 0-0. In a penalty shootout as well. But if you're winning 3-0 and there's a penalty, the player is much more relaxed. But I don't know how I would take it. But I can't say anyway. I haven't taken a single one and I won't be giving hints for the opponents. I hope someday it happens and you will see."