Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has insisted that he won’t force Joe Hart to stay at the club against his wishes, but believes he can improve the England number one if he continues at the Etihad.

Hart, 29, has been a regular in the Manchester City goal for a number of years, and played pivotal roles in their two title wins, but under new management he has started the season warming the bench.

Argentine custodian Willy Caballero has been preferred over the England number one, and Hart is reportedly looking to leave the club on loan in the last stretch of the transfer window, with Everton and Sevilla interested in him.

Guardiola insisted that he can improve the England goalkeeper if he knuckles down and agrees to continue at the Etihad, but admits that he won’t force anyone to continue at Manchester City against their wishes.

On Hart’s future, the Spaniard said in a press conference: “I said to him from the first moment if he stays he is going to improve.  


“I want happiness for the players.

"I don't want players to stay if they don't want to.”

With 63 England caps under his belt and 347 senior appearances for Manchester City, Hart is one of the most experienced goalkeeper plying his trade in the Premier League at the moment.