Joe still number one, says Hodgson
- 19 March 2013 08:29
- Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc
England manager Roy Hodgson has given Manchester City and England number one Joe Hart his full backing ahead of upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Ben Foster has been brought out of international exile for the upcoming games against San Marino and Montenegro, but according to the Manchester Evening News, Joe is still the main man.
“Hodgson insists Joe Hart remains his number one goalkeeper, but the England manager is pleased to have Ben Foster challenging him for his spot,” the paper reports.
“He is keeping faith for now with Hart as his first choice despite some uncharacteristic errors this season with City and criticism from Blues boss Roberto Mancini."
Meanwhile, after reports just yesterday that Brazilian star Naymar could make his way to The Etihad this summer, there’s a whole new spin this morning.
According to the Daily Mail, the 21-year-old has since snubbed talk of a possible switch to the Blues.
“Neymar has hinted he wants to leave Santos and join 'a big club' like Barcelona, Real Madrid or Chelsea,” writes Richard Sharpe.
“His comments are a snub to Manchester City, who are lining up a bid to hijack the Santos forward's anticipated £50million move to Barca.
“The 21-year-old hinted that his 'dream' move to Europe is about to happen and that he would love to play alongside the superstars at the Nou Camp.”
Elsewhere, Napoli have revealed City target Edison Cavani could be sold in the summer, but only if a suitor matches the Uruguay international's €70m (£60m) release clause.
“Cavani, 26, has become one of the most sought-after players in Europe after scoring 29 goals in 35 games for his Serie A employers this season,” reports ESPN.
“The Uruguay international has been linked with Manchester City, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain, but De Laurentiis has warned any potential suitors that Cavani will not come cheaply.”
Finally, City midfielder Abdisalam Ibrahim has reportedly attracted the interest of a number of Premier League clubs following his performances on loan this season.
Website sportsmole.co.uk reports: “The 21-year-old is currently with Norwegian outfit Stromsgodset, where it is understood that his displays in recent weeks have brought attention from a number of scouts.”
“According to reports, Arsenal and Liverpool are leading the race for the highly-rated youngster, who has revealed that he will decide his future in the summer.”