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Daily Star Sunday: Hart in line for new deal

  • 15 June 2014 08:09
  • Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc

England may have lost their opening game in Brazil last night, but there is good news for Joe Hart among this morning’s back pages.

According to the Daily Star Sunday, City are to offer England’s number one a new five year deal when the World Cup concludes.

“Hart, 27, went into last night’s match against Italy in Manaus with his club future confirmed,” claims Paul Hetherington and Steve Millar.

“England’s No.1 keeper lost his place at the Etihad for a spell last season when boss Manuel Pellegrini instead opted for Costel Pantilimon.

Hart

“But Hart regained his spot and had a strong finish to the season as City won the Premier League title.

“Hart has two years left on his current £70,000-a-week deal but the Champions want to prevent his contract running down by offering him £110,000 a week.

“City, though, will still sign a keeper this summer as back-up to Hart after releasing Romanian giant Pantilimon. And Malaga’s Willy Caballero is high on their wanted list.”

Elsewhere, the Manchester Evening News claims the Blues are already eyeing their next move in the transfer market after announcing that Bacary Sagna is to join the club after the World Cup.

“Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini will look to add further reinforcements to his defence having secured his first signing of the summer in Bacary Sagna,” the paper reports.

 

City now have considerable strength in the full-back positions with Zabaleta and Sagna on the right and Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov, who signed a new three-year contract on Thursday, on the left.

 

Manchester Evening News

“However, Pellegrini knows he has to bring in greater strength in the centre of defence to support captain Vincent Kompany.

“Pellegrini has been linked with Porto's Eliaquim Mangala for some time and he is also keen to bring in the defender's team-mate Fernando who will provide cover as a defensive midfielder.”

Finally, Argentina defender Ezequiel Garay says his side are prepared for the threat of Edin Dzeko ahead of their encounter with Bosnia in Rio de Janeiro tonight.

Edin could come up against three of his City teammates at the impressive Estádio Maracanã, with Sergio AgueroPablo Zabaleta and Martin Demichelis all in the Albicelestes squad.

"We defenders need to keep calm," Garay told FIFA.com.

Dzeko

"We improved an awful lot during the course of the qualifiers and we ended it as a pretty solid unit. And obviously if we're going to win games then we need to do our job pretty well."

"We know they've got some fine players, not least the centre-forward Dzeko, but the main thing for us is to avoid being complacent and not make the mistake of thinking it's going to be easy.”

We’ll bring you a full match report of that Group F clash later, but in the meantime you watch what the Bosnian striker had to say about his country's first World Cup tournament in our exclusive CityTV interview.

 

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