Claudio Bravo has insisted he is happy at Manchester City and dismissed suggestions the club have employed a sports psychologist to address his struggles to adapt to English football.
But City remain in the market for a new goalkeeper this summer with Gianluigi Donnarumma, of AC Milan, and Ederson Moraes, of Benfica, two of the names in the frame to replace Bravo.
The Chilean has lost his place in City’s side to the club’s long-standing No. 2, Willy Caballero, who is out of contract at the end of the season, and despite Pep Guardiola’s claims that he is happy with his choice of goalkeepers, a new No. 1 could form part of a planned overhaul of the playing squad during the summer.
Nonetheless, Bravo, who was signed from Barcelona last August for an initial £13.75 million as a replacement for Joe Hart, has signalled his determination to fight for his place and claimed he has not been working with a psychologist or language teacher to strengthen his mentality and improve his English and communication skills.
“It’s all false, that I’m looking for another place to play because I want to leave, things that are not true,” Bravo said. “I’m happy in England and so is my family.
“The issue that I was not playing came out, many examples of fake news have come out. Things that, above all, have no information about them. Many things also come out from this country that are not true - that I have a psychologist, or an English teacher to have a faster adaptation.”
Gabriel Jesus has returned to his former club Palmeiras for treatment on the broken metatarsal in his right foot amid hopes at City of the Brazil forward playing again this season.
The 19-year-old striker has been undergoing physiotherapy sessions with Jomar Ottoni, a specialist with whom he is familiar from his time at Palmeiras, from whom he formally joined City for £27 million in January.
City, meanwhile, have been fined £35,000 by the Football Association after accepting a charge of failing to control their players during the 1-1 draw at home to Liverpool this month.