Gary Neville has advised Joe Hart to stay and fight for his future at Manchester City, amid reports Pep Guardiola wants to replace him.
England stopper Hart, off the back of a nightmare European Championships highlighted by mistakes against Wales and Iceland, was dropped for City’s Premier League opener against Sunderland on Saturday.
Speculation has intensified over Hart’s future, both at club and international level. Guardiola is reportedly interested in Barcelona’s German keeper Marc Andre ter Stegen.
England manager Sam Allardyce was in attendance at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, Hart warming the bench as Willy Caballero took his place between the sticks for City’s 2-1 win.
Former Manchester United and Three Lions defender Neville, returning to the Sky Sports pundit team this season after an unsuccessful spell at Valencia, believes Hart, linked with Sevilla, would be making a mistake in leaving.
“He [Pep Guardiola] will have known the repercussions,” Neville said on Monday Night Football. “He will have known he was making a big call. It’s a decision he won’t have taken lightly.
“It will have been tough to take [for Hart]. He’s given Joe a whack, there’s no doubt about it, he’s given him a whack.
“But my advice to Joe Hart is to stay where he is.”
By Steve Osborne @BlizzardSteve75