England first choice goalkeeper Joe Hart wants to stay at Manchester City and fight for his place after being dropped from the starting XI.
Willy Caballero started made his Premier League debut in a 4-2 win against Hull City. Caballero was signed from Malaga in the summer for £4.4m. Joe Hart is set to return in the starting XI against AS Roma for Tuesday night’s Champions League game. The England international has 2 years left in his contract at the Etihad.
Joe Hart insists he wants to fight for his place and its hard to see positives in Manuel Pellegrini‘s decision to drop him.
“It is hard for me to see (any positives),” he said. “I am sure when I retire from football I will see them, but right now I am not going to see them.
“Of course I want to play every game, that is my nature, my professionalism. I am not the manager, just a player. I live by the decisions of the manager.
“We have always had good goalkeepers – David James, Andreas Isaksson, Kasper Schmeichel, Pantilimon – it has always been a fight for me to keep my place and that will continue.
“But I have always had high standards that I will keep to, whether there is one goalkeeper or 20. I love the challenge.”
Manchester City lost their opening game of the UEFA Champions League against Bayern Munich, but Joe Hart made few crucial saves and was the man of thematch. City can’t afford to drop points against Roma who have started the new season brilliantly, winning all their five games in the Serie A.
He said: “It is obviously a big game after a disappointing start in Munich. We are aware it is the Champions League and not the knock-out phase straight away. We have to build on it especially at home and we are going in trying to win the game.
“Roma have been doing very well. We have focused a lot more on them since drawn in our group, they got a great result in matchday one. Every game is tough in Champions League, but we are up for it and more than capable of winning.”
Pellegrini said: “It is normal pressure. Remember last year we started here against Bayern at home and we lost. Maybe that is more pressure. But we lost the first game and won the other five games.”
When asked for an update on Joe Hart’s contract situation at the Etihad, boss Pellegrini said:”Me and Joe know what is happening with that issue. It is important but not the most important thing in this moment.”
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