Costel Pantilimon is set to stay at City with new boss Manuel Pellegrini keen to include him in his plans. The big Romanian made it plain in May he wanted to leave to seek more first-team actions, revelations that cost him his place in the FA Cup final. But strong interest from Serie A side Fiorentina came to nothing, and they have now picked up Uruguay international Gustavo Munua on a free. Some Italian sources claim there is still a chance he could move to Fiorentina, along with £10m, in exchange for Stevan Jovetic. Hull City also want Pantilimon, but the Blues want to keep hold of him, even though he has just one year left on his contract. Pantilimon was determined to leave, but he could now see out his deal and leave on a free transfer next summer, unless someone comes in with a reasonable offer. His decision to leave was re-affirmed after his Wembley heartache two months ago, when he was axed from the team the day before the game with Wigan. The then City boss Roberto Mancini was not happy with the 6ft 8ins goalkeeper’s timing, as he told M.E.N. Sport just three days before the Wembley showpiece that he wanted out.
City plan to keep hold of Pantilimon
Manchester Evening News | Jul 4