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Published: 10:36 | 3/2/16

Hart wants trophies for Pellegrini

Joe Hart says the Manchester City players are determined to give manager Manuel Pellegrini a trophy-filled final season at the Etihad Stadium.

The Chilean confirmed on Monday that he will leave his post as Manchester City boss on 30 June, to be replaced by Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola.

England goalkeeper Hart says the players “think the world of” the former Real Madrid and Real Mallorca boss, and hope to give the 62-year old a leaving present of silverware.

“We are a professional group who really enjoy playing under Manuel,” he said.

“He has been a top manager for us and his man-management has been something I have personally enjoyed so we will look to give him the best send-off he deserves.

“The players think the world of him, and the fans think the world of him.

“We have however many games left and are in all competitions. Next season will take care of itself, but right now we are living in the moment.

“Manuel Pellegrini is our manager and we are going to try to win as many competitions as we can with him.”

Pellegrini paid tribute to his players' “character and commitment” following the hard-fought 1-0 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday.

Sergio Aguero netted the only goal of the game to keep City in touch with leaders Leicester City, ahead of the top-of-the-table clash between the pair at the Etihad Stadium this weekend.

Leicester top the Premier League table with 50 points from 24 matches, three points ahead of City in second place.

"The most important thing is the character of the team to come here and win this game, to demonstrate that we can defend very well if we want,” Pellegrini said.

"I always feel the commitment of all the players in our project.

"We are leading a very good season, we hope that we can finish in the same way.

"Maybe every game that we play it will be more difficult to continue in all the competitions but I feel that the squad has full commitment to the project so I am very happy about that."

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