Current Citizens No1 Joe Hart has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks after a string of high-profile errors, including a poor display in a 3-1 loss to Bayern Munich.
Unsurprisingly, there has been renewed speculation linking the Chilean with a swoop for Caballero in the January transfer window – and the 32-year-old says his old boss was interested in acquiring his services this summer.
“I spoke to Pellegrini before he left Malaga. I know of his intention to take me with him but I was unsure whether he would stick with the goalkeepers he had or play me,” Caballero is quoted as saying by Daily Mail.
Last week, Pellegrini issued his backing for under-fire England international Hart following a 3-1 victory over Everton.
“It was not an easy game for Joe Hart but he did not have too much work,” Pellegrini told BBC Sport.
“He is mentally strong is Joe. I spoke long with him after the match against Bayern Munich, it was not an easy decision for me to take because I was not sure how he would react but
after talking with him I felt he had the character to play today and I am very happy for him.
“I am always talking with the players and my staff, it was a decision I decided yesterday but how near, it doesn’t matter, he played.”
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