Hart can leave: Guardiola

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

Lon­don: Manch­ester City man­ager Pep Guardiola has said goal­keeper Joe Hart can leave the Pre­mier League club if he asks to.

Eng­land in­ter­na­tional Hart, 29, is con­sid­er­ing a move af­ter be­ing dropped, with Ever­ton and Sevilla in­ter­ested. “I don’t want play­ers to stay if they don’t want,” Guardiola said. “If they want to stay, stay and we will fight to­gether.” The loan move Hart favours, with less than two weeks of the trans­fer win­dow left, is still the most likely out­come. That would al­low him to as­sess his op­tions over the course of the sea­son. Barcelona’s Claudio Bravo and Marc-An­dre ter Ste­gen have been linked with moves to Eti­had Sta­dium, while Guardiola se­lected Ar­gen­tine goal­keeper Willy Ca­ballero against Sun­der­land and in City’s 5-0 Cham­pi­ons League qual­i­fier vic­tory over Steaua Bucharest on Tues­day.It is un­der­stood Guardiola and Hart, who knows he has no fu­ture at the club, have not built up any kind of re­la­tion­ship. The Spa­niard does not be­lieve Hart has the time to be­come the kind of ‘sweeper-keeper’ he wants to play with. Guardiola added: “If he stays he will im­prove. He un­der­stands what we want from our goal­keeper.

“I spoke with Joe from the first mo­ment we met in China. I try to be clear with my play­ers and I was clear with him. I have a lot of re­spect for him. “Maybe Joe will stay here and be a player who will fight with the other goal­keep­ers to con­vince me to play him. That is the way it is - noth­ing has changed.” Guardiola said he knew Hart’s “value” and “tal­ent”, but that he had come to City to “play the way I like”.

“The first thing I am look­ing for from the goal­keeper is to save,” said the former Barcelona and Bay­ern Mu­nich coach.

“Af­ter that he has to be able to play with the ball.

He has to be help us to cre­ate a good build-up. That is why I am here.” BBC Sports

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