Fernandez: Bravo could leave Barcelona

Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez has admitted that the Spanish champions will have to bring in a new goalkeeper if they are to sanction the departure of Claudio Bravo.

The Chilean, 33, has been Barca's first-choice goalkeeper in the Primera Division since joining the club from Spanish rivals Real Sociedad in 2014, while Marc-Andre ter Stegen has typically started in the Spanish Super Cup, Copa del Rey and Champions League competitions.

However, in the absence of the injured Ter Stegen, Bravo started in Wednesday night's 3-0 victory over Sevilla in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup, producing a penalty save in the first half to ensure a clean sheet and 5-0 aggregate victory.

And he is expected to start again on Saturday, when Luis Enrique's men square off against Real Betis in their opening fixture of the new La Liga campaign.

"A lot has been said but I can only say that Claudio Bravo will be with us on Saturday," Fernandez told TV3.

"After that, we will see. If, in the end, Bravo goes, another goalkeeper will have to come in first."

Bravo has been linked with a move to Pep Guardiola's Manchester City as a replacement for the out-of-favour Joe Hart, who has not featured in the club's first two games of the season.

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