Report: Guardiola to drop Hart for opener, targets ter Stegen

England goalkeeper Joe Hart is set to be axed new manager Pep Guardiola for Manchester City’s first game of the season against Sunderland today.

The 29-year-old is coming off the back of a poor EURO 2016 tournament where he was, among other things, at fault for Gareth Bale’s goal for Wales in the group stage.

 

Guardiola is known to favour a sweeper-keeper in the mould of Victor Valdes or Manuel Neuer who he worked with at Barcelona and Bayern Munich respectively.

A current Barcelona shot stopper, Marc Andre ter Stegen, is believed to be top of Guardiola’s wish list.

The City manager does not think Hart fits his model of having a goalkeeper who can play the ball out from the back and that will put a host of other clubs on alert.

 

Hart will not give up on his City career easily as he has shown in the past, but if he is not given the chance to prove himself to Guardiola he would have little option but to weigh up his situation.

The Express

Hart has played almost 350 times for City since joining the club from Shrewsbury Town for a bargain £100,000 in 2006.

He became the club’s first choice between the posts in 2010 after an impressive loan spell at Birmingham City.

Everton have been mentioned as a potential suitor for the fan favourite.

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