Published: Fri, July 20, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Hart included in Man City's pre-season tour of the US

Hart included in Man City's pre-season tour of the US

He last played a full Premier League season back in 2015/16, starting 35 games for Manchester City.

The 31-year-old, who was left out of the World Cup squad, wants a permanent move away from City but was a surprise inclusion when the squad left for Chicago on Tuesday.

Manager Pep Guardiola was not expecting any of his World Cup players to join up with the squad but has been boosted by the news that Mendy and Portugal worldwide Bernardo Silva will join the tour later next week.

Guardiola has also suffered a setback in the transfer market this summer with Napoli's Italian global midfielder Jorginho following manager Maurizio Sarri to Chelsea and although Leicester's Riyad Mahrez has signed for 60 million pounds ($79 million), the Spaniard is poised to begin the season with nearly the same squad. "If the days before they are exhausted and they don't want to fight for the Community Shield, play at Arsenal, then stay on holidays".

City have a noted history of developing Irish players with Glenn Whelan, Stephen Ireland and Willo Flood all coming through the academy, and in recent years Jack Byrne and goalkeeper Ian Lawlor both made the trip from Irish schoolboy football to City's academy before signing professional contracts. "If they are ready they'll help us and if not we'll wait for them".

"No, I'm not disappointed", he said during his press conference.

"It would have been a mistake if he'd come here when he wanted to go to Maurizio [Sarri] and Chelsea". We tried, but players have to go where they go.

"If he decides to go to Chelsea for the reasons he has explained or will explain, then all the best for him".

Guardiola's title-winning squad had 16 players at the tournament in Russian Federation, including England's John Stones and Raheem Sterling, Spain's David Silva, Brazil's Ederson and Gabriel Jesus among others.

"My advice is always go where they want to go". "In his situation, he's here and we will try to find a solution, which is best for him and if not he'll stay here".

The 31-year-old, previously England's first-choice goalkeeper, did not even make Gareth Southgate's 23-man World Cup squad, with Everton's Jordan Pickford earning rave reviews in Russian Federation in his place. "I know it's not easy for him".

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