Hart can leave: Guardiola
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