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Hart set to leave Manchester City

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Hart was benched for City's opening game of the season at Sunderland.PHOTO/courtesy

Hart was benched for City’s opening game of the season at Sunderland.PHOTO/courtesy

LONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 17 – England keeper Joe Hart looks set to leave Manchester City this summer, according to  sources.

Hart was overlooked by boss Pep Guardiola for the 2-1 Premier League win at Sunderland last Saturday, prompting a fresh wave of speculation that his City future hangs in the balance.

City are thought to have all but agreed a deal to sign Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo and Sky Sports News HQ reporter Vinny O’Connor says Hart’s days in Manchester look to be numbered.

“We understand Joe Hart is going to assess his options that are open to him over the next couple of weeks,” he said ahead of City’s Champions League qualifier against Steaua Bucharest in Romania.

“There is reported interest from Sevilla in Spain but I think the preferred option would be to remain in the Premier League, and to that end, Everton could possibly be an option.

“Certainly, Everton are looking to bolster their goalkeeping ranks further following the acquisition of Maarten Stekelenburg, who made a decent debut against Spurs at the weekend, but Everton are looking for an established number one and [would be] interested in someone of the calibre of Joe Hart.

“But to add to that it is my understanding that there has been no formal contact between the two parties in that respect. It’s a little more than two years since he signed a new contract to keep him at the club until 2019 but it seems his time at City is coming to a premature end.”

Hart has spent more than a decade at City after joining the club from hometown side Shrewsbury in 2006. The 29-year-old has made 347 appearances for City, conceding 347 goals.

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