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Published: 15:13 | 19/8/16

Hart can leave if he wants - Pep


Joe Hart will be allowed to leave Manchester City if he wants to, manager Pep Guardiola has said.

Hart's future at the Etihad Stadium has been called into question after he was named on the bench for City's first two games of the season, with Willy Caballero preferred in goal for the games against Sunderland and Steaua Bucharest.

Having lost his place to Caballero, Hart could soon find himself third in the pecking order amid reports that City are close to signing Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

When asked if Hart would be allowed to leave the Ethiad Stadium, Guardiola said: "Yes of course. I want happiness for the players, I don’t want them to stay here if they don't want to stay.

"All the players here have a contract, if they decide they are going to stay they are going to stay. But they know the situation when I spoke with them. The situation, I spoke individually with them, so they know exactly what the situation is.

"I don't know if the players are not happy here, or if they want to stay. They decide the future because they have the contract. If they want to stay, they will stay. We will fight together to achieve, if they want to leave because they prefer to play every game... but I'm not speaking about Joe, speaking about all the players at the club.

"There is no doubt about that."

Hart's distribution with his feet has come under scrutiny in recent weeks but, while he will not stand in his way if he chooses to leave, Guardiola feels he could improve were he to stay at Manchester CIty.

“I was clear with what I was looking for. I am here at Manchester City because they contacted me to play the way I like, the way I grew up from 13-14 years old, and I am here to try to convince the players," Guardiola told reporters.

“Up until the 31st of this month everything is open with the people who are coming and the people who are leaving.

“In September I will know exactly which people are going to live together, fight together, enjoy together, to discuss together all the situations that are going to happen during the season.

“Maybe Joe will stay here and be a player who will fight with the other goalkeepers to convince me to play [him]. It’s simple like that. He knows from the beginning what I feel and what is the situation.

“After that I know he may be staying, he may be leaving, the same case for other players. That’s what it is.

“Nothing has changed."

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