Mancini: City goalkeepers staying put

Roberto Mancini has indicated he has no intention of selling either
of Manchester City’s top two goalkeepers, Joe Hart and Shay Given.

City boss Mancini has ruled out letting England international Hart leave the club this summer, while it appears Republic of Ireland shot-stopper Given will also be staying.

Hart’s future at City has been the subject of speculation for some time after a successful season-long loan spell at Birmingham last term.

Sunderland have made an enquiry about taking the England goalkeeper on loan, while Arsenal are also reported to be interested in signing the keeper.

Monday’s Daily Mirror suggested the Gunners might even enquire about Given’s availability, having been knocked back over Hart.

However, Mancini insists Hart will battle it out with Given at Eastlands to be number one for the new season.

"In this moment we have two good goalkeepers and one will play and one will stay on the bench," Mancini told the Daily Telegraph.

"We play many games, a lot of games, in one year – three games every week – so we could play both goalkeepers.

"I have an idea who will play in goal but I have one week more to decide."

Mancini is not worried about any tension between the pair as they fight for a place in his starting XI.

"It is important if there’s an injury to a goalkeeper. If we don’t have another good one, then that will be a problem," added Mancini.