Joe Hart’s position at Manchester City looks uncertain after Pep Guardiola’s latest comments show of his contentment with current goalkeepers Claudio Bravo and Willy Caballero.
When asked if the England No 1 would be returning to Etihad Stadium, the Spaniard replied: “I’m so happy with Willy and Claudio,” he then went on “We are going to talk about it [Hart’s return] at the end of the season.”
The 29 year-old is currently on loan to Serie A team Torino where has played 26 times since last summer, but when his stint in Italy ends he will still have two more years left on his £120,000-a-week contract.
It all went wrong for Hart after his disastrous Euro 2016 when he took responsibility for England’s humiliating exit, coming under heavy criticism by fans and pundits.
Then in the summer when City played a preseason friendly against Arsenal in Sweden, Hart who was a halftime substitute, looked uncomfortable in trying risky passes, often hitting the ball long.
This was something that frustrated his manager who had already spoken of his requirement of a keeper that was more at ease with the ball at his feet. Hart only made one more appearance before moving to Torino for £17 million.
City manager’s comments seem to suggest there is no way back for Hart, even though Caballero is out of contract in the summer.
“I trust a lot in both [Caballero and Bravo] and we’ll decide.
“Not just the goalkeepers, the midfielders, wingers, strikers, full-backs – we are going to decide at the end of the season.
“They have to try to keep going, to convince me every day. There are five, six players out of contract but they know the situation.
“Of course there is a risk, maybe they can sign a contract for another club and we have to accept that.
“But we are going to decide in the last months of the season.”