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Pep denies rumours that Bravo wants a return to Spain

Pep Guardiola made clear on Friday his belief Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo is happy at Manchester City, amid reports the goalkeeper could be on his way back to Spain. Spain-Italy U21 live

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Claudio Bravo of Manchester City is dejected after letting a fourth goal in during the Premier League match against Leicester City
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Pep Guardiola made clear on Friday his belief Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo is happy at Manchester City, amid reports the goalkeeper could be on his way back to Spain.

The 33-year-old, Chile's most-capped player who skippered them to two successive Copa America titles, left Barcelona to join City for £17m ($22 million, 19 million euros) in August as Guardiola wanted a new first choice to replace England number one Joe Hart.

Bravo has not had the easiest start to life in Manchester -- he was sent off on his return to the Camp Nou in the Champions League in October, and has kept just two clean sheets in his last 14 games.

There have been reports the keeper has told his team-mates he wants to rejoin Barcelona, even though that would mean him being back up to Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Manchester City's Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo
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Manchester City's Chilean goalkeeper Claudio BravoANTHONY DEVLINAFP

Guardiola, though, is adamant Bravo is happy in England.

Pep not reading reports

'I didn't read that. Sometimes, when you (journalists) come here, Simon (Heggie, City's head of media relations) will make a briefing as to what you are going to ask me,' said Guardiola.

'But he didn't speak about that issue.

'I don't read too much of newspapers, of the Twitters and Instagrams and Facebooks. I spoke with Bravo in the last days, and with his wife as well. And he told me he is so happy.'

Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola
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Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep GuardiolaPAUL ELLISAFP
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