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May 22, 2014

Caballero flattered by Barcelona link

Willy Caballero has enjoyed an impressive campaign with Malaga.
Willy Caballero has enjoyed an impressive campaign with Malaga.

Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero has told Cadena SER it would be an "honour" to play for Barcelona.

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Barca, who have lost Victor Valdes and Jose Pinto this summer, have already brought in Marc-Andre ter Stegen from Borussia Moenchengladbach, but they are expected to bring in a more experienced keeper to help ease the 22-year-old German into life at the Camp Nou.

There have been reports that 32-year-old Cabellero, who joined Malaga from Elche in 2011, could be their preferred option, and the Argentine has suggested he would be keen to make the switch.

He said: "I have been reading a lot of things in the Catalan newspapers but up until now we haven't had any contact. I don't know whether it will become true at some moment but for me it would be an honour and a privilege."

On Barcelona's plans to sign a goalkeeper with experience, he added: "This is what I have read in the media. Without a doubt there are many goalkeepers who fit the profile, and if they call me I would consider it, but first I would have to see whether Malaga have plans to sell me."

He believes he is now delivering on his potential, having enjoyed a strong campaign in La Liga after impressing during Malaga's Champions League run last season.

"Since I began to play in the Primera at age 29, I have been growing, and last year it was beautiful to play in the Champions League," he said. "Now I have been able to maintain this level and I hope to continue to achieve my objectives. At 32, I am more mature and consolidated at this level."

Caballero, who has been unable to break into the Argentina setup, said he has not yet had a chance to get to know compatriot Lionel Messi.

"Our relationship extends to speaking in the tunnel before matches," he said. "I attended one of the friendlies that he organised but the truth is I haven't had much more of a chance."

There have also been links with Premier League clubs, with Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini, who managed the goalkeeper at Malaga, credited with an interest at various points during the season.

Asked about offers from England, he said: "It is the same thing as has happened with Barca -- right now there is nothing. We don't know anything except that there will be chatter this summer."

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