Argentina international Willy Caballero is currently training with AFC Wimbledon in a bid to keep fit while searching for a new club.
For the past month, the experienced goalkeeper has been keeping up-to-date on his fitness as the former Bocu Juniors, Malaga, Manchester City and Chelsea star is a free agent after leaving Stamford Bridge following the expiry of his contract at the end of last season.
First team goalkeeping coach Ashley Bayes told the official AFC Wimbledon website: “Willy Caballero has been training with us for the past four weeks. It’s been a good experience for everyone.”
It’s not every day you get a former Champions League winner walk come and train with you, and Bayes spoke about how the move transpired: “To cut a long story short, basically my friend is the Assistant Goalkeeping Coach at Chelsea and Willy is without a club at the moment. To stay fit, he asked if we could have him in.
“He loves it! If you see him training every day, he loves throwing himself around, he loves getting involved – he’s a great guy and it’s good to have him in.”
Bayes also spoke about the impact it’s having on him and the other goalkeepers: “He’s been brilliant around the group, great personality and character and what an experience to coach him and for our younger lads to learn from him! It’s fantastic.
“I’m learning off him as well. He’s showed us some good stuff – what he’s learnt at Chelsea and Manchester City. It’s great for the young ones, I mean what an experience for them!”
As things stand, Wimbledon currently 15th in the League One table, having taking 13 points from their 11 league games since the start of the campaign.
Wimbledon are next in action when they host Sheffield Wednesday at Plough Lane next Saturday afternoon.
This was certainly surprising news when it was released and one where you have to give a huge amount of respect to Caballero and Wimbledon.
As Bayes pointed out, it’s a great move for all parties. Caballero is able to keep fit and sharp waiting for his next move and the Dons get a player with an incredible pedigree at the club.
The Argentina international will certainly have an elite mentality that could rub off on the Wimbledon players.