Joe Hart can't see positives in Manchester City rest

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While some players may enjoy the opportunity to reboot their engine after a busy start to the season Joe Hart isn't one of them, and the Manchester City goalkeeper is not impressed with his recent omission.

Having started the club's first six competitive games of the season, Hart found himself left out of the City side for their 7-0 demolition of Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup.

Summer signing Willy Caballero took the gloves in his absence, and while that was no surprise, Hart was then unexpectedly left out of the team when City returned to Premier League action against Hull at the weekend.

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Although he's widely expected to return to the starting line up for the Champions League clash with AS Roma, Hart is not happy to have already missed two games so early on in the season.


The fact he's likely to take his place between the posts again tonight suggests Hart's absence was nothing more than a rest, but the England man sounded bitter about the decision.

Speaking in a press conference, Hart said: "It is hard for me to see (any positives). 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."


Following the departure of Costel Pantillimon this summer, Caballero was signed from Malaga to compete with Hart for a place in Manuel Pellegrini's team.

The Argentine is one of a number of goalkeeping colleagues Hart has had during his time at Manchester City, but he insisted he'll always fight for the number one spot.

"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," he said.

Contract talks

Pellegrini's decision to rest his number one goalkeeper perhaps garnered more attention due to the speculation that has surrounded Hart's future at the club.

However, both player and manager were calm when asked about contract talks. Hart, whho still has almost two years left on his existing deal, said: "While I am welcome here, I am more than happy to stay here and see where that takes me."

In response, Pellegrini added: "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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