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.
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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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