Goalscoring goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has seemingly confirmed that he nearly joined Manchester City in the summer.
The Bosnia international, who became just the fifth goalkeeper to score a Premier League goal at the weekend, revealed to media in his home country that he was close to joining City while Roberto Mancini was still manager.
Mancini's assistant, David Platt, had previously hinted that a deal was in place before denying such claims, but Begovic seems to believe he would have joined the club had Mancini not been replaced by Manuel Pellegrini.
He was quoted in Bosnian paper Dnevni Avaz, translated by the Daily Star, as saying:
As players we are the last to find out things. Probably our agents and club officials find out first without talking to us, then at the latter stage of negotiations they will tell us.
As for Manchester City, when Mancini was on the bench, we were very close to an agreement.
The transfer was not realised due to several reasons, but the main one was the departure of the Italian manager.
Pellegrini, of course, now finds himself with something of a goalkeeper crisis—recently dropping established No. 1 Joe Hart after a series of costly errors. It seems unlikely that Begovic will move to the club in January, however, although he did not rule out a switch next summer.
"Could I still move to City? I really don't know if negotiations between clubs are still ongoing," he added.
"But for me probably the best thing would be to stay at Stoke until the end of the season as in that way I would be truly ready for the World Cup in Brazil."