Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson: 'I'd like to score' this season
MANCHESTER -- Ederson has been praised for his ball-playing skills and now the Manchester City goalkeeper has said he wants to score before the end of the season.
City supporters were singing his name when they were awarded a second-half penalty in the 5-0 victory over Swansea City on Sunday, wanting him to take the spot-kick.
Instead his Brazilian teammate Gabriel Jesus took the penalty, which was saved by Lukasz Fabianski before Bernardo Silva tapped in the rebound.
But Ederson insists he is ready if Pep Guardiola allows him to take one before the end of the season.
"I heard the fans chanting my name, asking me to take the penalty but Gabriel went there," Ederson told reporters. "Unfortunately he missed it and Bernardo happily scored. But if the manager have asked me to go there, definitely I'd score.
"I'm not sure if I would be able to do set-pieces, but I'm good at penalties, either using power or technique on shooting it. But City have [their] regular penalty-takers and we are well-served.
Ederson idolises Brazilian goalkeeper Rogero Ceni, who scored 65 goals for Sao Paolo, and has said before that he would like to play in other positions at City -- including joking in February that he could fill in as a midfielder.
"If Pep asks me to take it, I'm there. Hopefully it will happen [before the end of the season], I'd like to score."
City's victory was already played in a party atmosphere as they celebrated in style after securing the Premier League title the previous weekend.
Ederson, who joined from Benfica in the summer, said he is delighted with how his season has gone.
"I am very happy to be a champion, because I have always dreamed of playing in the Premier League and I had the opportunity to make this wish this year," he said.
"I arrived with a heavy weight because my contract was very expensive and there were a lot of doubts in some English newspapers but I was able to show my value."
Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @jonnysmiffy.