The summer acquisition of Willy Caballero raised questions about Joe Hart’s position as Manchester City’s No.1 goalkeeper, and the Englishman’s status was not helped by a spate of poor performances.
Fortunately for Hart, however, the former Malaga shot-stopper proved to be even more inept, allowing the former to regain his place and establish himself once again as a ‘keeper of real repute.
“Joe is having a very good season. The arrival of Willy was very important for the club. For Joe, for Willy, for everyone, because he is a very good keeper,” said City manager Manuel Pellegrini of the situation.
“I think the best way for players to have a high performance is when they have important competition.”
The future of Hart dominates the sports pages in Saturday’s newspapers with the 27-year-old on the verge of agreeing a lucrative new long-term contract that reinforces his importance to Manchester City.
Pellegrini revealed that he expected an imminent announcement on Hart’s new deal, the details of which have been revealed in the press already. Here is a round-up of the papers, focusing first on this news…
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