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Allardyce to hold talks with Guardiola over Hart’s future

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Manchester City's English goalkeeper Joe Hart reacts during a friendly football match between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Ullevi stadium in Gothenburg on August 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND

Manchester City’s English goalkeeper Joe Hart reacts during a friendly football match between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Ullevi stadium in Gothenburg on August 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND

Sam Allardyce hopes to hold talks with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola regarding the future of England goalkeeper Joe Hart.Guardiola has demoted Hart, England’s regular number one, to the bench and preferred Willy Caballero in goal for the first three games of his Etihad Stadium reign.

City are widely tipped to complete the signing of Barcelona keeper Claudio Bravo this week, leaving Hart’s future at a club where he made his debut almost 10 years ago looking bleak.

Allardyce offered the consolation that he will include the 63-cap Hart in his squad to face Slovakia in England’s opening 2018 World Cup qualifier when it is named over the weekend.

But the former Bolton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers boss is eager to get the inside track on a situation he concedes will hurt Hart’s prospects of retaining a starting berth with his country if it is for the long-term.

“Absolutely — eventually, in the end, [playing regularly] is critical for a player,” the England manager told reporters.“If it’s a short period of time, maybe not. Then they come back in the team and everything’s goes fine.

“If it goes for a longer period of time then I think it’s difficult then to select them, based on how they feel, never mind from a training point of view — can they go and play at that level having not played for their own team for a considerable amount of time? So it is a concern.

“I’ll go and speak to them about that – Pep and Joe – sooner or later. Certainly when Joe joins us because he’ll be in the squad.“If I can get the chance to go and see Pep I’d like to listen to him anyway.”


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