City keeper's wont settle for second best

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Manchester City keepers Joe Hart and Shay Given may very well be two of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League, and have both stressed their desire for first-team action this season at The City Of Manchester Stadium.

Due to the high calibre of both of these fantastic goalkeeper's, neither one of them seem to be content with a place on the bench this season. Either one could challenge for a starting place at any Premier League club, and one might be forced to leave on loan if they are to see regular action this season.

Hart spent last season at Birmingham City, where he kept a total of nine clean sheets in the Premier League, and was in brilliant form at the club.

He booked himself a seat on the plane to South Africa with the rest of the 23-man England World Cup squad, but it looks unlikely that Birmingham would take him back for another loan spell due to their purchase of former Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster.

But with rumoured interest coming from Sunderland and Arsenal, there is a possibility that Hart could ply his trade elsewhere once again this season.

Given was City's first team goalkeeper last season, keeping a total of 12 clean sheets in the Premier League. Dubbed one of the best performing goalkeepers in the Premiership last season, his pursuit of a fourth place finish was cut short when he dislocated his shoulder against Arsenal at The Emirates Stadium.

The former Newcastle United man has been linked with a loan move to the Gunners, and admits he doesn't feel he will stay as second choice goalkeeper if Hart is selected as the number one goalkeeper.

Roberto Mancini has a tough choice to make, of that there is no doubt. This keeper conundrum could be the start of some very tough selection choices over the coming season, but you'd be confident that the Italian would rather have the problem than not.

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