'I could play in midfield' | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, February 09, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:56 PM, February 08, 2018

'I could play in midfield'

Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson has made the incredibly bold claim that he could play in the Premier League as a midfielder.

The 24-year-old has been a huge success in goal for City since moving from Benfica for almost £35m in the summer.

His skill with the ball at his feet has been particularly impressive, with his distribution and close control particularly catching the eye and thought to be the reason manager Pep Guardiola brought him in.

However, Ederson thinks he is a good enough outfielder to cut it in the middle of the park for table-topping City.

He recalled his time at Benfica when he would deputise in midfield in training.

"When I played in the Benfica youth teams, they would always call me to play in midfield if someone was missing and I didn't ever embarrass myself," he said in an interview with FourFourTwo.

"So, if necessary I'm definitely up to the task. It wouldn't be easy, especially in the Premier League, but I think I could manage the challenge."

Ederson also heaped praise on his teammates for making his life easy in goal for the league leaders, saying the plethora of good players made his life much easier.

"There are so many good players in this team who are ahead of me," he added. "I was always comfortable with the ball at my feet, and this helps me during games. I think it's a natural talent."

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