Hart breaker if Adrian steps up


JOE HART has been warned that he could face a bat­tle to keep his place with West Ham and Eng­land.

Hart (above, left) will miss to­day’s clash with the Premier League lead­ers at the Eti­had Sta­dium be­cause he is on loan at West Ham and City are his par­ent club.

His place will be taken by Spa­niard Adrian and, if he per­forms well against free-scor­ing City, man­ager David Moyes has made it clear there will be no au­to­matic re­turn for Hart.

Adrian wants reg­u­lar first­team foot­ball – but Moyes in­sists he will not be sold in the win­ter trans­fer win­dow.

“I need two ex­pe­ri­enced goal­keep­ers,” said Moyes. “He won’t be leav­ing here in Jan­uary.”

Hart is cur­rently the No.1 choice for Eng­land boss Gareth South­gate but that role could be in jeop­ardy if he fails to re-es­tab­lish him­self at West Ham.

“If you get the jer­sey, you have a chance,” said Moyes (above, right).

“If some­one comes in, they have to show me they are good enough to play – and Adrian will get that chance as well.”

Moyes ad­mit­ted that Hart has had an ex­act­ing sea­son, com­bin­ing excellence with oc­ca­sional ec­cen­tric­ity.

“It has been mixed with Joe,” said the Scot.

“I have seen some good stuff and stuff which hasn’t been so good.”

Moyes was boss at Manch­ester United when they played Guardi­ola’s Bay­ern Mu­nich in Europe.

“Bay­ern were very good and City are close to that team,” added Moyes.

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