Manuel Pellegrini has reportedly sounded out Willy Caballero over a potential move to Real Betis this summer.
The pair have worked together at both Manchester City and Malaga, and a reunion is now said to be on the cards with Pellegrini offering the veteran ‘keeper first-team football.
Chelsea, despite triggering a one-year extension in Caballero’s contract, have been linked with a host of new goalkeeping options and would not be against letting the 38-year-old leave.
Caballero has been a loyal servant to Chelsea, playing perhaps more minutes than he would have anticipated, in lieu of Kepa Arrizabalaga’s downturn in form.
Having made the move to Stamford Bridge in 2017, Caballero has established himself as a firm fans favourite due to his impeccable record in penalty shoot-outs – most notably against Norwich City in an FA Cup replay during the 2018-19 season.
Despite his own personal heroics, Caballero’s Chelsea career will perhaps be remembered most for the actions of his teammate Kepa in the 2018-19 Carabao Cup final. With the game fast approaching a penalty shoot-out, then manager Maurizio Sarri looked to introduce Caballero – a man who had already been victorious in a Wembley shoot-out against Liverpool in 2016. Kepa, however, refused to be substituted. Manchester City eventually won the shoot-out and Caballero was denied the opportunity to get one over his former employers.
Caballero racked up 36 appearances across all competitions during his three-year stint in West London, winning both the FA Cup and Europa League.