We don’t often run exclusive’s here at IMC Towers, but today we have been informed of some important news. We are led to believe that England goalkeeper and Manchester City number, Joe Hart, has been told he has no future at the club. Hart has been informed that the club are looking for a goalkeeper and the move will result in him not being secured of his regular starting position.
The rumours surrounding Joe’s future since the appointment of Guardiola suggested from the start he was set for a troublesome time under the Spaniard. His inability to start play from the back and act as a “sweeper-keeper” mean the club have been interested in looking elsewhere.
The club’s hierarchy are believed to be keen on Hart remaining at the club due to his influence in the dressing room, his leadership as well as his home-grown status that is required when registering a squad for the Premier League. Hart’s poor form over the summer for England may have been a result of his unsettled club career, but the Blues’ have refused to give the England international much-needed assurances due to Guardiola’s lack of confidence in the keeper.
Hart’s ten-year stay at City looks set to come to an end, whether it be this summer or next. The club are actively perusing Argentine goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli but rumours are ripe that Guardiola is keen on signing Marc-André Ter Stegen. The Barcelona ‘keeper has been linked with a move to Manchester City all window, and despite the unlikeliness of the transfer, it further shows the manager’s lack of faith in Hart.
During his time at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Guardiola had Victor Valdes and Manuel Neuer between the sticks. Both keepers distribution was far greater than Hart’s ability to start to play from the back. Manuel Neuer has arguably changed the style of ‘keepers forever with his “sweeper-keeper” style perfect for the system Guardiola wanted to implement at Bayern Munich. Whether it be this season or next, Hart’s ten-year, stay looks set to come to an end.