Pep Guardiola admits he won’t force Hart or others to stay: “I want happiness for the players. I don’t want players to stay if they don’t want.” The first-team coach is also convinced if Hart does stay the goalkeeper will only improve under him.

Leroy Sané is once again set to miss the game as he is still waiting to make his debut. “Sané trained with us today; I think in one or two weeks he will be ready. Bacary has a little problem but not too big.”

Ilkay Gundogan, Leroy Sané, and Vincent Kompany are all training now, and the German internationals should be available to play after the international break – against Manchester United.

Guardiola also believes that now is not the right time to thinker the squad too much as they are working well together and he once again states how impressed he has been with the intelligence of his players.

Bacary Sagna is set to miss the visit to the 365 Stadium tomorrow with Pablo Zabaleta set to start the second game in a row. Yaya Toure is set to miss out once again as Guardiola refuses to allow him to join the first-team squad until he improves his off the ball work. “When he increases his intensity without the ball, then he will be involved.”

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