Mancini will have heart to Hart with Joe

The Italian boss plans to hold talks with the 22-year-old

goalkeeper at the end of the season once his successful loan spell

with Birmingham ends. Hart, who has been ruled out of the match at

Eastlands on Sunday as it is against his parent club, is enjoying

an impressive campaign. However, keeping both number one Shay Given

and Hart happy at City is another matter. Mancini told the club’s

website: “We have a very good goalkeeper at the club in Shay Given.

Shay and Joe Hart are two of the best in the Premier League, and it

is important to have two good goalkeepers. “The Premier League

season is long, and if you are playing in the Champions League, as

well as the FA Cup and the League Cup, then you need the players –

you need two top goalkeepers. “It is important that I speak with

Joe in the weeks after the Premier League finishes, then we will

see about next season. He has worked very well at Birmingham and he

has developed.” Such has been Hart’s good form at Birmingham he has

been tipped to win a place in England’s World Cup squad. England

manager Fabio Capello has been monitoring his progress with both

David James and Robert Green in sides at the wrong end of the

table. Mancini added: “Joe could be at the World Cup – he is a

good, young, strong goalkeeper. Capello knows him very well now,

and if he decides on Joe, then that is a good choice. “I’m happy

for Joe that he’s doing so well but I’m also pleased that he cannot

play against us on Sunday!”