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Joe Hart believes himself ‘surplus’ to Man City requirements

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Joe Hart has revealed that he believes himself a ‘surplus to requirements’ at Premier League club Manchester city.

The England goalkeeper joined Torino in the Serie A on a season-long loan in August after being told he was free to leave City by manager Pep Guardiola.

Hart, 29, said that he saw the Spaniard’s decision to drop him coming, but believes the decision was “nothing personal” and said he respects Guardiola’s honesty.

“If you’re not going to win there is no point in fighting, especially someone as powerful as that,” he said. “He didn’t do it to ruin my life, he did it because he thought that was what was right for him to win as a manager.”

Claudio Bravo, 33, brought in by Guardiola for £15.4m from Barcelona in August as Hart’s replacement, has been peppered with criticism for his performances. Willy Caballero, 35, was now preferred in the Premier League and Champions League since 21 January.

Guardiola has said he will not make a decision on Hart’s future until the end of the season — but it is expected the keeper will leave the club for good in the summer.

Hart’s future is clouded further as he had “no communication with anyone” about a transfer after his loan spell at Torino ends in May. When asked about a return to the Premier League, Hart replied: “I know it really well but I wouldn’t say it was top of my wish list.”

“Top of my wish list is to play for a club that wants me to be their goalkeeper.”

Jurgen Klopp reveals doubts over current Liverpool squad

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said that the futures of Daniel Sturridge and a number of other players are set to be reviewed by the end of the season.

Sturridge himself had missed Liverpool’s most recent game — a lamentable 3-1 defeat against Leicester City — through illness. However, speculations are pointing towards a high profile exit for the 27-year-old England International in the next transfer window.

“I have no idea what happens in the summer,” Klopp said. “It is not only Daniel but a lot of players.”

“Daniel was not in training for eight or nine days because of a virus infection,” he explained further on Sturridge’s absence.

“We have to bring him back to the best shape possible and then bring this season to an end as successfully as possible. Then we will make decisions and speak about Daniel and any other players about what will happen at the end of the season. A lot of things will influence this and we can speak about it when it is time.”

Joe Hart could also prove to be the subject another high profile move in the Premier League this summer, after Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola said that he is “so happy” with the goalkeepers in his current squad, Willy Caballero and Claudio Bravo.

“I’m so happy with Willy and Claudio. We are going to talk about it (Joe Hart’s future) at the end of the season,” the Catalan said.

When asked if he will be signing another goalkeeper to City, Guardiola replied: “I will decide about that at the end of the season. I trust a lot in both 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.”

Joe Hart saves England from embarassment against Slovenia

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England goalkeeper Joe Hart played a vital role as the Three Lions barely managed to rescue a point against Slovenia in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Hart, 29, prevented interim manager Gareth Southgate from having to endure an embarrassing defeat to a team ranked 67th in the world with a succession of outstanding saves.

He twice denied Josip Ilicic when he was played in by poor backpasses from Eric Dier and team captain Jordan Henderson.

Seconds after half-time, he even produced a world-class reflex save when he turned Jasmin Kurtic’s header on to the crossbar, and clawed the rebound away to a defender.

It was known that Hart has suffered the most traumatic period of his career after two high-profile errors against Wales and Iceland in England’s Euro 2016 debacle, and being pointed to the exit at Manchester City by new manager Pep Guardiola.

But he was the clear man of the match as England was held to a goalless draw in Ljubljana.

“They had chances, we dominated the game,” Hart said after the game. “They have dug in and Jan Oblak had a fantastic game for them.”

“It’ my best game for a while, but it was down to a few errors from us. My body is in pieces, I’ll struggle to get up tomorrow. I landed on the frame of the goal.”

But in the match, England’s three-year run of wins in qualifiers came to an end, and even the introduction of Wayne Rooney after half-time made no difference.

The Manchester United forward shot wide as Jesse Lingard forced a fine save from Oblak late on, but an England win would have been a harsh result on the hosts, given that the English team struggled to match the pace and vigor of the home side.

Joe Hart prepares for Guardiola era debut as Bravo flies in

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Joe Hart will start for Manchester City as Pep Guardiola prepares his team to play Steaua Bucharest in the second leg of their Champions League playoff fixture.

Hart, 29, has a place in the England World-Cup qualifying team, confirmed by England boss Sam Allardyce.

However, he is yet to make an appearance for his club, and Guardiola had informed him that he could leave the team.

Guardiola, who took charge of City in the summer, had expressed his preference for a ‘sweeper-keeper’ and thus did not field Hart in any of City’s competitive games since the start of the season.

The match against Steaua could even be interpreted as bearing no significance as City leads 5-0 going into the game.

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Barcelona keeper Claudio Bravo arrives at Manchester airport.

Meanwhile, Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo is reportedly set for a medical at Manchester City.

The Chile International, 33, has flew into Manchester.

Manchester City did not comment on the matter, but Bravo was understood to have been told that he could leave the La Liga champions.

“I cannot deny what everyone knows,” Guardiola said. “The deal is not complete. After I will answer about a player who at the moment is not our player.”