Manchester City’s giant FA Cup keeper Costel Pantilimon wants move to Italy, claims agent

By Colin Henrys

Giant Romanian shot-stopper Costel Pantilimon could leave Manchester City for Italy this summer, his agent has revealed.

The 6 ft 8 ins keeper ‒ the tallest player in the Premier League ‒ has played every game in City’s run to the FA Cup final.

But in two years at the Etihad Stadium, Pantilimon is yet to feature in the Premier League and his agent, Ion Timofte, admitted his future remains uncertain.

“One thing is for sure – Costel would love to play in Italy with a club like Fiorentina,” Timofte told TMW.

“We haven’t talked to Manchester City about his future yet.

“There are six weeks to go until the end of the season and we’ll discuss it after that.”

Pantilimon ‒ signed permanently in the summer from Romanian side Politehnica Timişoara after an initial loan spell ‒ is under contract until 2016 however.

Despite being understudy to England’s number one Joe Hart, Pantilimon has already been assured of his place in next month’s FA Cup final by boss Roberto Mancini too.

And Timofte admitted while there were approaches from Italy in the past, Fiorentina have not made any firm bids for the 26-year-old.

“Two years ago Udinese made a concrete proposal for him,” he said.

“At the moment we have not had direct contact with Fiorentina, but the Viola represent a wonderful side.

“Serie A is also naturally interesting for any professional football player.”

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