Ederson is set to stay at Manchester City this summer despite interest from Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal.

That’s according to Fabrizio Romano and journalist Fred Caldeira.

The Brazilian goalkeeper has played a key role in City’s success during the Pep Guardiola era, making almost 300 appearances since joining the club from Benfica in a £35m move in 2017.

On Wednesday Ederson lifted the UEFA Super Cup trophy in Piraeus after City beat Sevilla on penalties following a 1-1 draw.

Thankfully for City fans, it’s unlikely to be the last trophy he wins with Guardiola’s side.

Ederson going nowhere

That’s because the goalkeeper – who turned 30 on Thursday – is set to stay at the Etihad Stadium this summer.

Reports emerged earlier in the week that Saudi Pro League side Al-Hilal were preparing a bid for the ‘keeper.

Manchester City FC v Sevilla FC - UEFA Super Cup 2023
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Late on Wednesday evening, Caldeira of TNT Sports Brazil reported that Al-Hilal made an approach for Ederson this week, but that discussions did not advance with either the player or club.

The journalist also reported that no official negotiations took place between the two clubs.

The report was later backed up by Fabrizio Romano, who tweeted that “City do not expect any movement around Ederson despite new links to Al-Hilal.”

According to the transfer journalist, the Saudi club – who signed Ederson’s compatriot Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain this week – are prioritising Sevilla goalkeeper Yassine Bounou.

He said: “Al Hilal [are] set to proceed with agreement on personal terms with Bono as new goalkeeper after deal agreed with Sevilla on €21m fee.”

MCN view: Keeping Ederson is vital

Despite the criticism he has come under in recent years, Ederson is arguably one of City’s most important players.

While there are better shot-stoppers out there, his ability to play out from the back and his understanding of Guardiola’s demands make him the perfect goalkeeper for City.

The fact that his understudy Stefan Ortega could join Bayern Munich this summer makes it even more crucial that City keep hold of the Brazilian.

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