Mannone's future is now the subject of much speculation and Pantilimon insists he has not made the switch just to sit on the bench as he looks to force a way back into the Romania side.
"It is very important for me to play every game and now I have found this solution," he said.
"I want very much to return to the national team. To be first choice is very important to me, which is why I chose a club where I was wanted and where I had a chance to play.
"Mannone is a good keeper who played well in the previous season, but my goal is to earn a place."
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